A Rutherford County family of 10 escaped only clothed with pajamas when fire engulfed their home early Saturday on 7432 Halls Hill Pike, a volunteer fire chief said.
David and Cassandra Ellis and their eight children ages 2 to 15 fled the house about 3:15 a.m., said Lascassas Fire Chief Trey Nunley.
“They got out with their lives and that was it,” Nunley said. “They didn’t have time to grab anything else. They’ve lost everything.”
A cherished Great Dane and other dog are missing.
The American Red Cross responded to provide the family with temporary accommodations and basic needs. A church group is trying to help the family. The family has some insurance but is unsure how much coverage they have.
“Their basic essentials are needed right now,” Nunley said.
People who want to help the family are asked to call Lascassas Volunteer Fire Department Chaplain Jeff Fuqua at 410-6637.
Lascassas and Kittrell Volunteer Fire Departments arrived within 10 minutes to find flames throughout the home. Firefighters had to shuttle water from the closest hydrant three miles away. They were on the scene about six hours.
Cause of the fire is unknown but it appears accidental, the chief said. The fire will be under routine investigation by the fire departments and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.