Tennessee-Fire Starts While Smart Meter being Installed

Firefighters threatened while trying to put out house fire

Thursday, December 22nd 2016, 3:58 pm ESTFriday, December 23rd 2016, 7:47 am EST

(Source: WMC Action News 5)(Source: WMC Action News 5)

Although his home is still standing, he said the smoke inside destroyed almost everything. Police said at one point firefighters had to briefly back away from the fire as officers investigated a reported threat of a man with a gun. That report of a threat led to a fight nearby.

The homeowner’s daughter said it’s all very concerning.

“Because the house could have been completely burned down and we wouldn’t want that to happen,” Monica Kathy, the homeowner’s daughter, said.

Love said the fire started after he was getting his lights turned back on and crews were installing a smart meter at his home. MLGW said there’s not even a smart meter on the property.

Either way, the homeowner is devastated.

“Where am I going to stay at tonight?”

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