Early Morning Fire Damages Duplex

Oak-Ridge-Fire-IMG_8650Oak Ridge, Tenn. — A Hillside Road duplex was damaged by fire early Thursday morning by a fire that fire officials believe was caused by smoking. The 4:30 a.m. fire at 136 Hillside Road forced the evacuation of a father and son. Neither of the occupants were injured and firefighters were able to rescue a pet cat during the response.

Fire department units reported arriving at the residence to find fire visible from the rear of the residence. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading into the adjacent residence. Deputy Chief Josh Waldo states that the duplex involved in the fire sustained significant damage but the residence in the adjoining space were able to remain in their home.

A preliminary investigation suggests that a discarded cigarette on the deck of the residence might  have been the cause of the fire which spread to the inside of the residence. No firefighters were injured in the blaze which took roughly 15 minutes to control.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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