Nudists help firefighters hose down major blaze — just barely

Two campers are shown in this promotional image for Rock Haven Lodge Family Nudist Park in Murfreesboro, Ten. Rock Haven Lodge

A nudist colony with nothing to hide now has something to celebrate after three of its residents mounted an old fire truck and helped firefighters extinguish a major blaze threatening their Tennessee community.

The fire burned across four hectares near Rock Haven Lodge, a nudist park in rural Murfreesboro, Ten., on Wednesday afternoon.

Rock Haven Lodge owner Susan Palmer says she called 911 when she spotted the fire threatening the community. She also drafted a few nudists to help fight the blaze using a 55-year-old fire truck that’s been sitting unused for quite some time.

“I got in touch with some of my guys and I said, ‘Take the fire truck and go,'” she told local TV station WSMV.

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Palmer added that the truck — a vintage Ford from 1964 — had never been used at Rock Haven Lodge, but its 500-gallon reservoir was up to the task.

“I was on the phone with the 911 dispatcher,” she told WSMV. “Meantime, one of my other guys walked through the woods … and had a hose over there and started spraying what he could.”

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The three-person crew — who were all wearing clothes — used their truck to protect a trailer and a hydro pole from the flames.

Their quick response appears to have prevented the fires from causing any damage to property at the park, which sits in a 10-hectare patch of forest outside Nashville.

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Rutherford County Fire Rescue says the flames endangered two structures but did not “involve” them. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Rock Haven Lodge hosts a wide range of summer sports activities like volleyball, tennis and swimming — all in the buff, of course. Visitors are also welcome to park an RV, rent a cabin or pitch a tent for the night.

The park celebrated its members’ success in a Facebook post on Thursday.

“We are so thankful we were in the position to help our neighbours!” they wrote.

It was the bare minimum they could do.

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