NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Crews are working to contain a brush fire that sparked in a wooded area late Saturday night near the Cheatham County and Davidson County line.
The Nashville Fire Department (NFD) said crews were dispatched to Gourley Road at approximately 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4 for reports of a brush fire.
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Throughout the night, firefighters remained active at the scene to prevent the fire from spreading to homes nearby.
On Sunday, Nov. 5, at approximately 6 a.m., the NFD reported that the fire continued to burn on a bluff.
Cheatham County resident Murdock Dundee recalled seeing flames as he arrived to work on machinery near the Davidson County line early Sunday morning.
“Flames probably 30, 40 foot high. When that wind kicked up, it just [was] blazing,” Murdock said. “If you had a picture of hell…I guess that’s what I’d imagine it’d look like. It was one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen.”
According to officials, fire personnel requested specialized equipment to safely access and fully extinguish the fire.
Then, just before 9 a.m., the NFD posted that dozers provided by Tennessee Wildland Fire were being used to condense the burning contents. Meanwhile, Nashville Emergency Operations Center (EOC) created fire lines so the contents can burn off in contained zones.
Nearby residents should expect to see smoke in the area for a while, according to the NFD.
“Just be conscious of a fire…Even a little bit on the ground, I guess it could, it don’t take much. Just a couple embers here and there, it’d take off. Before you know it, it’s out of hand, and then you better call somebody. Thank God for the neighbors and stuff who did call,” Murdock said.
Cheatham County remains in a 3 out of 5 drought, also classified as a severe drought. Residents are urged to take extreme caution and report any flames to 911 right away.
“I’ve seen fires, but I’ve never seen something jump up the way that was…as fast as it did. And I’m just glad nobody got hurt, that’s the main thing, I mean, and firefighters, God bless them,” Murdock said. “It’s unimaginable the work they put in. They went above and beyond their call of duty.”
No injuries have been reported among nearby residents or first responders. No additional details have been released about this massive blaze.
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