**UPDATE (July 7, 2021):
According to Fire Marshal Curtis Brinkley the house fire has been deemed accidental, caused by discarded smoking material in a waste basket.
"No other contributing factors were located in the area of origin," says Brinkley. "The fire appeared to travel rapidly up the exterior wall on the covered back porch, burning additional items in the area. This allowed the fire to reach the attic area of the home and the fire to spread quickly."
Fire Chief Ronny Beasley commented, "It's very sad for anyone to lose their home. Our fire crews did a great job with what they were presented with. It is important to know that when you discard any type of smoking material, to ensure it is completely out. It is also a good idea to wet down the remains and allow them to sit before tossing them out. This is especially important inside the home."
An investigation is underway in La Vergne to determine the cause of a large house fire.
Firefighters were called to the scene on Zither Lane around 2:15 p.m. Sunday. Crews arrived to find flames at the rear of the home as well as coming from the roof. Luckily no one was injured.
Mutual aid was provided by La Vergne Police, Smyrna Fire, Rutherford County EMS, and Box 100. The house is considered a total loss. The Red Cross was called out to assist the family.