Ooltewah Home Destroyed By Fire That Started In Garage

Monday, September 30, 2013
- photo by Amy Maxwell

Fire destroyed a home in the Ooltewah area on Monday night. 

At 7:45 p.m., a 911 call was received by the homeowner, Angela Edwards, of a fire in her garage at 8019 Bork Memorial Dr.

The Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department responded and arrived on the scene reporting fire showing in the garage and attic area. Once all the occupants were accounted for, firefighters worked quickly to get the large house fire under control. 

Chief Steve Wright, Tri-Community VFD, reported the fire started in the garage and spread quickly throughout the attic, which caught the entire roof line and house on fire. The house will be a total loss and valued at $167,000. 

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

Ms. Edwards said she was home cooking when family members heard a popping noise coming from outside the house. When they went outside to investigate the noise, they found the garage on fire. 

The cause of the fire is undetermined and will be under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. The Edwards family was insured and will be staying with relatives.



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