House Destroyed By Fire On Sims Road

Saturday, November 9, 2013

A house was destroyed by fire on Sims Road on Saturday afternoon.

A frantic neighbor called 911 to report the fire at 7325 Sims Road. At 12:10 p.m., the Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department responded and arrived within a few minutes and reported heavy fire showing in the attic and the back of the house. 

Fire officials reported the heavy fire and hot temperatures caused the metal roof to become unstable and instructed firefighters to exit the house. Once firefighters evacuated the home, they started to conduct a defensive attack on the fire.

Fire officials reported the homeowner, Bruce Sims, was not home when the fire started but arrived soon after the first unit arrived. 

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

The cause of the fire is undetermined and will be under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. Damages are listed at $75,000. 

The Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department was assisted by the Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department. Bradley County Fire Rescue and the East Ridge Fire Department were on standby for any additional 911 calls in the Highway 58 area.

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