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Family loses home to fire; community rallies to help
Updated on: 11.25.13

Fire destroyed the home of a Brown County family late Saturday night, and a drive is underway online to help them.

Brown County (Nashville) Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dallas "Dak" Kelp said the family reported a space heater caught fire in a bedroom. They tried to put it out, but the flames spread quickly within the room.

At 11:04 p.m. Saturday, dispatch received a 911 call reporting the fire at 4251 State Road 46 West. Less than 20 minutes later, Kelp and other firefighters arrived to find the single-story home fully engulfed.

The Elkins family lived there: Heather, Sean, Joey, Barry, Steph and KK. Everyone made it out safely, Kelp said.

Firefighters entered the home in an attempt to save some of its contents, but exited when fire broke through the roof. Kelp said the floor was already weakened.

An estimated 30 to 35 firefighters from Brown County, Jackson, Fruitdale and Hamblen fire departments switched to a defensive attack, and dumped nearly 20,000 gallons of water on the home, mainly from outside, said Kelp.

The house was a total loss.

Firefighters were on scene until about 5 a.m. Sunday, in part because of the home's design. It had been remodeled over the years and contained multiple roofs and layers of siding that made extinguishing the flames difficult.

The community has quickly come to the family's aid. A fundraising goal was set at $2,000, and as of early Monday, donors had given nearly $3,000.

People wanting to help can do so by visiting a Facebook page titled Support For The Elkins Family or going directly to supportfortheelkinsfamily.myevent.com.

Danny Key, owner of Giving Toys LLC, will be giving any toys donated through a program on his Website, givingtoys.net through Friday, Nov. 29, to the family, which includes a young elementary-aged girl.

According to the Facebook page, someone has provided the family a home to stay in.

-- Kevin Lilly, Brown County Democrat

Obituaries
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John Jacob 'Jack' Gambold, Jr., 91
  Stepfather of Carol Skirvin of Nashville

Jolee Ragan Dufek, 6, Nashville
  Daughter of Jason and Krystal Dufek

Karolina Rose Spurgeon, 3 days old, Edinburgh
  Sister of Keirsten Dawn Spurgeon of Brown County

  • December 18
    WRAPS meetings
    7 to 9 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • December 18
    Nashville Town Council
    6:30 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • December 19
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North.
  • December 19
    Christmas sing-along at The Playhouse
    7:30 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 19
    Live band at dance barn
    6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 19
    Live hip hop music at dance barn
    7 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 20
    Live band at dance barn
    6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 20
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 20
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 20
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 20
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 21
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 21
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains´╗┐
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 23
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 24
    Nashville government offices CLOSED
  • December 24
    Christmas Eve Communion service at Becks Grove church
    7 p.m. Becks Grove Christian Church, 8009 Becks Grove Road
  • December 24
    Candlelight service at Helmsburg church Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • December 24
    Candlelight service set for Christmas Eve
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • December 24
    Cordry church hosts candlelight service Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Church of the Lakes, 8844 Nineveh Road
  • December 25
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 26
    Brown County Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 27
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 27
    Live band at dance barn
    7:30 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West