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Country Singer Craig Morgan, Son Help Rescue Kids From Fire

1:06 PM, Feb 15, 2011   |    comments
(The Tennessean)
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(The Tennessean) -- Country music artist Craig Morgan, back home in Dickson after several tour dates, helped a woman get two children out of a burning house Sunday afternoon.

Morgan was at a gas station when his son, Jerry, 14, noticed smoke coming from a home at Highway 48 and Dotson Street in Charlotte. The fire occurred around 4 p.m., according to Dickson County Rescue Squad dispatchers.

Morgan went to the home on foot. "I didn't hesitate to help. I did what anyone else in the same position would have done,'' said Morgan, a former emergency medical technician and assistant deputy sheriff in Dickson County in the late 1990s.

"I just happened to be the one that was there."

A woman who lived at the house met Morgan, who helped her get two children out.

Morgan and his son worked to put out the fire by filling buckets or coolers with water and pouring them on the flames.

Charlotte Volunteer Fire Department Chief Patty Walsh said witnesses estimated flames reached 2 to 3 feet high in places, although the fire was largely extinguished by the time firefighters arrived. Her team reached the scene several minutes after Morgan and his son.

"He was the fire force,'' Walsh said. "We're glad he stopped. A few more minutes, and there could have been more damage to the house.''

No injuries were reported. Damage to the single-story wood frame home was mainly burnt vinyl on the exterior, and some items outside were also burned, Walsh said.

Cause of fire unknown

The fire is believed to have started on the outside near a side of the home, said Walsh. The wind carried the fire underneath the house. The cause is undetermined, she said.

Neither the volunteer brigade nor Dickson County officials identified the residents.

Morgan is best known for songs such as "Bonfire" and "International Harvester" and also has a television show, Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors, on the Outdoor Channel.

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