Firefighters battle home, grass fires
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Nov 12, 2013 | 672 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print


Bradley County firefighters battled a residential fire early Monday morning, then brush fires in the afternoon.

According to Chief Troy Spence of Bradley County Fire-Rescue, firefighters responded just before 9 a.m. to an Overhead Bridge Road address, where a mobile home was engulfed in flames.

Bradley County Sheriff’s Office deputy Ken Ritenour was first on the scene and reported the home was engulfed in flames.

After their arrival, firefighters noticed a work truck which was equipped with welding equipment. The truck was parked near the trailer and was smoking.

Firefighters worked to contain the fire in the mobile home and make sure the truck and equipment didn’t become involved in the fire.

The Hiwassee Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to the scene to aid the homeowner.

According to Maney, the mobile home was a total loss.

BCFR personnel also responded Monday afternoon to Stanfield Road, where what officials believed a controlled burn got out of its containment area.

A caller to 911 reported heavy smoke in the area of No Pone Road.

BCSO and BCFR officials responded to the area and began to investigate.

Eventually, they determined the source of the smoke and fought the fire, which had spread into a wooded area.

Firefighters were on the scene for approximately six hours.

According to 911 reports, Tri Community and Highway 58 Fire Stations were placed on standby in case assistance was needed.

Just before 6 p.m., officials responded to Sun High Court in reference to a grass fire.

The fire damaged a wooden privacy fence and spread into a wooded area.

Firefighters quickly gained control of the fire.

Maney said Bradley County residents are required to get a burn permit from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Forestry Division by calling 478-0337.

- Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Driver’s License Roadside Safety Checkpoints in Bradley County.

The checkpoints will be set up in random location in the county. THP has been making longer-range plans for December.

According to THP officials, checkpoints are an effective means of recognizing the dangers presented to the driving public, by motorists who would violate the laws of the state.

All scheduled checkpoints are contingent upon weather conditions and manpower availability.