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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

Danny Key, owner of Giving Toys LLC, will be giving any toys donated through a program on his Website, 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

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Josephine Lee Cueto, 62, Morgantown
  Daughter of Priscilla Burgmeier of Nashville

Mary 'Jane' Kollman, 92, Nashville
  Mother of Janet (Tom) Gaskins of Nashville

Charlotte K. (Adkins) Wilson, 67, Franklin
  Former resident of Brown County

  • November 23
    Annual community-wide hymn sing planned
    6:30 p.m. Nashville Christian Church, 160 S. Van Buren St.
  • November 23
    Nashville Reserve Officers host chili cook-off
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nashville P.D., 200 Hawthorne Drive
  • November 25
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 25
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    6 to 7 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • November 26
    Go Club meeting Wednesday at coffee/tea shop
    3 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 26
    BC Sheriff's Merit Board
    4 p.m. Sheriff's Office, Law Enforcement Center, 55 State Road 46 East
  • November 28
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 29
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 29
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 2
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 3
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • December 4
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • December 12
    Widowed group plans Christmas party
    noon Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • December 12
    BCSP Christmas bird count slated
    8 a.m. BCSP Nature Center, 1810 State Road 46 East
  • December 13
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road