Firefighters hurt in blaze at million-dollar home

Monday, October 4, 2010 at 3:59am
Staff reports

Two firefighters were transported to hospitals with injuries Sunday night after fighting a fire at a million-dollar home in Franklin’s exclusive Westhaven subdivision, according to city spokeswoman Milissa Reierson.

The homeowners reportedly called 911 at 7 p.m. to say that a patio fireplace had sparked at fire at the 9,000-square-foot home (part of which was still under construction) on Championship Boulevard.

Franklin Fire Department crews worked for several hours to contain the massive blaze, which damaged more than 50 percent of the home.

As firefighters made their way upstairs, an explosive backdraft, or flashover, knocked them back onto the stairs where one suffered a head injury and another a shoulder injury.

The firefighter who suffered a head injury was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was treated and released. The one with the shoulder injury was taken to Williamson County Medical Center.

A few other firefighters suffered minor burns to their face and neck areas, but were evaluated at the scene.

The department responded with four ladder trucks, four engines and multiple support vehicles. The homeowners and their two children were able to make it out safely, and no other homes were damaged in the blaze.

Reierson said an engine remained at the scene through the night in case of flare-ups, though none had occurred.

Williamson County property tax records show Brandon and Christie Binkley paid $1.299 million for the home in May of this year. They were living in a finished portion of the house while the rest was under construction.

Westhaven is a planned community developed by Southern Land Company on 1,500 acres on the west side of Franklin. Homes in the subdivision, designed to offer the feel of living in a small town, are typically priced from $400,000 to $1.3 million. When complete, the development will have more than 2,500 homes.

Investigators were on the scene Monday morning, and an official cause of the fire has not been determined.