Ooltewah House Fire Causes Significant Damages, But No Injuries

Monday, February 13, 2012

A neighbor called 911 at 12:45 p.m. on Monday reporting a house fire at 9331 Bill Reed Road in the Ooltewah area. 

The Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department responded and reported heavy smoke coming from the eaves of the house. Firefighters also informed dispatch the home was about 475 feet off the main road. They laid over 700 feet of hose line to the home and conducted an interior attack to extinguish the flames. 

According to Tri-Community VFD  Fire Marshall Amory Planchard, firefighters found visible fire coming from the master bedroom closet. Mr. Planchard reported no visible signs of ignitable fluids and the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time. 

Interior damage to the manufactured home included extensive heat and smoke damage. The home's exterior received minor damage. 

The homeowners, Steven and Patricia Foster, were not home at the time of the fire. Damages are estimated at $85,000. 

No injuries were reported, but Hamilton County EMS was on the scene for any potential injuries.

Tri-Community VFD requested a mutual aid response from Highway 58 VFD and the Catoosa County Fire Department to stand by in their district for any additional emergency calls.


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