The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

March 21, 2013

Tennessee Colony home destroyed by blaze

Palestine Herald-Press

TENNESSEE COLONY — A frame home in Tennessee Colony was considered a “total loss” after being destroyed by fire Tuesday.

Anderson County Sheriff Deputy Herman “Ted” Lynam was dispatched to the structure fire on the 600 block of County Road 2601 at 11:19 p.m. Tuesday. Tennessee Colony, Montalba and the Bethel-Cayuga volunteer fire departments were already on the scene.

“Deputy Lynam reported that it was fully engulfed when he arrived with the walls falling in. It was a total loss,” Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor said Wednesday. “We are still attempting to get in contact with the owner, who was out of town.

“It is believed that the fire started by lightning during the thunderstorm.”

There is nothing suspicious about the fire at this time, but Anderson County reserve sheriff’s deputy Bill Yearout, a former fire marshal in the Greater Houston area, is expected to visit the scene this week as a matter of standard procedure, the sheriff said.