Open Fire Caldwell Drive

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – March 22, 2022 – At approximately 4:33 p.m. this afternoon the Oak Ridge Fire Department responded to the report of an open fire near the area of Caldwell Drive.

Upon arrival fire department personnel found a wildlandfire burning with 4 homes in immediate threat of fire. The fire had already spread into one home but was quickly extinguished by fire department personnel. 

The Oak Ridge Fire Department initiated wildland firefighting operations and began requesting additional resources.  Affected residents were evacuated and electricity to the area was shut off by the Oak Ridge Electrical Department at the request of the fire department.  

As of 8:00 p.m. the fire was declared under control.  Fire department crews will be monitoring through the evening to ensure public safety.  

The City of Oak Ridge Fire Department, Police Department, Public Works, and the Electrical Department responded to the scene.  Outside agencies included theKnox County Sheriff’s Office Air Watch (helicopter service), Tennessee Department of Forestry, the Oliver Springs Volunteer Fire Department, and the Y-12 Fire Department.  The City of Oak Ridge Fire Department recalled off duty personnel in support of the operation with a total of 30 firefighters placed in service. 

It is estimated that electrical power will be restored around 10:00 p.m. and evacuated residents will be allowed to return home.

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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