According to Bradley County Fire and Rescue Chief Troy Maney, the fire originated in the living room of a home located at 3153 Dunham Drive.
Two occupants were inside the home when a 911 call was made at 6:04 a.m.
Maney said the occupants were able to escape unharmed.
“The fire was contained to the tree, but there was heavy smoke damage inside the home,” Maney said.
Hiwassee Chapter of American Red Cross Disaster Assistance Team members responded to aid the occupants of the residence.
- An enclosed utility trailer was recovered by Bradley County authorities after its rightful owner located it parked in a field off Harris Creek Road.
Tim Tilley had reported his Homesteader 6-by-12-foot dual-axle trailer had been taken last week.
Tilley had reported the theft to the Cleveland Police Department.
CPD detectives were notified the trailer had been recovered, according to a report filed by deputy David Michaels.
The trailer was valued at $1,200.
- Several residents in the Bridgewater Drive community suffered loss after burglars took their property. Another theft was also reported to Bradley County officials after three people had also filed reports.
Edgar Jacobs reported someone had entered his vehicle and taken a Sony video camera, cash and medication.
He estimated his loss at $450.
Jacobs reported his vehicle was not locked at the time of the burglary.
Earlier last week, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office deputies Kolby Duckett and Laura Lane filed reports for Bryan Norman. Someone had taken golf clubs and other items from his car, which was parked at his residence.
Two golf bags, an assortment of golf clubs, sunglasses, a GPS, Fossil watch and rangefinder were missing.
Norman estimated his loss at $3,025.
Bill Davenport, of another Bridgewater Drive residence, reported someone entered his vehicle and took a Glock Model 27 .40-caliber handgun, a pair of sunglasses, and a Garmin GPS.
Davenport had reportedly left his vehicle unlocked. Davenport reported his loss as $840.
Dennis Potts of a Bridgewater Drive address said someone took golf bags and clubs from his vehicle. A small amount of cash was also taken.
According to the report, Potts said his blue Titleist golf bag and clubs were taken from his vehicle, which had also been left unsecured.
Investigation was turned over the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.