House Catches Fire and Burns in Riverchase Community of Hoover AL

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage South


House Catches Fire and Burns in Riverchase Community of Hoover AL


On Saturday evening, January 9th, a home on Tulip Poplar Drive in the Riverchase community of Hoover AL caught fire and burned.


A friend of mine lives on the street below and behind this house.  He had been out to dinner, returning to find his neighbors' home in flames and water pouring down the hill between their homes as the firemen worked to extinguish the fire.  By this time it had been burning about an hour.  When the fire started, a couple of neighbors heard an explosion and then noticed flames shooting up from under the back deck (where there is a gas grill).  The owner did not hear it, but looked out to see the deck engulfed in flames.  He quickly got his family out of the house with no one getting hurt, but the home suffered major damage.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


Here is a photo of the rear of the home, where neighbors saw the first flames.


Riverchase Fire


These are photos I took of the front of the home from different angles, showing the damage to the roof, blown out windows and charred interior.


Riverchase Fire


Riverchase Fire


Riverchase Fire


This new Honda was parked in the basement garage and although it looks a mess, they are able to drive it.  They have washed was black when they pulled it out of the garage.  The fire burned upward and mainly in the center of the house; the damage to the basement was mostly smoke and water.


Riverchase Fire



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Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Ann, Thank goodness the family got out and they are all well.  It's amazing how fast fire can consume a home and the damage it can do.  Very scary!

Jan 13, 2010 05:22 AM #1
Toni Bird
Coldwell Banker Preferred Properties - Hoover, AL


Whenever you are having a bad day, you hear something like this and it makes you greatful that YOU are not going through the aftermath of a fire, earthquake, tornado.  Things happen so quickly that can change your like forever.

Did they ever figure out what caused the fire?



Jan 13, 2010 07:28 AM #2
Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

Must have been a scary thing to watch!  I'm grateful the family was unhurt.

Jan 13, 2010 07:39 AM #3
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

Mary - Very scary indeed!

Toni - From what I hear it is still under investigation.

Irene - They lost so much, but lucky to be quickly as the fire took over.....I hate to think of the outcome if this happened in the middle of the night when they were sleeping.

Jan 13, 2010 10:03 AM #4
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Frightening photos!  I'm glad they managed to remain safe!  It appears to be a really wonderful looking home.  I hope that when it is rebuilt, they can keep the charm it exudes - even with the damage from the fire.

Jan 13, 2010 10:33 AM #5
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

Scary scary shots Ann. But thank goodness no-one was hurt.

Jan 13, 2010 12:48 PM #6
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Ann, it is a good thing that no one was hurt.  It certainly doesn't take long for a fire to destroy what was a beautiful home!

Jan 13, 2010 09:17 PM #7
Cherise Selley
Selley Group Real Estate, LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor

Frightening to say the least Ann...Hope the insurance company is on board with this one...Cherise

Jan 13, 2010 11:07 PM #8
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

This is heartbreaking. We had a neighbor's home on our block burn to the ground a fews ago. It was devastating for them.Thankfully everyone was safe in both cases.


Jan 14, 2010 11:31 AM #9
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Ann - very bitter sweet for the family ... how terrible to loose your home, yet how fortunate that they were able to get out safely.

Jan 16, 2010 02:20 PM #10
Sasha Dear
Sasha Dear Real Estate Brokerage - Bracebridge, ON

Hi Ann

Those poor people! It must be heartbreaking for them. I imagine they are very eager to find out how it started.

Jan 17, 2010 10:56 AM #11
Ann Hayden
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri - Chesterfield, MO


What a terrible fire!  I am happy to hear everyone got out safely.

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Jan 17, 2010 10:58 AM #12
Marty and Laurie Gale
Utah Realty - South Jordan, UT
Utah Realty | 801-205-3500 |

We nearly had this happen to us. Lucky we were home. Attic electrical fire. I now have a smoke alarm in my attic.

Sep 01, 2010 02:46 AM #13
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