Investigation underway in West Outer Drive house fire

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (July 15, 2022) – Three people are safe after a house fire on West Outer Drive Friday morning.

Fire crews arrived on scene of the home, located at 687 West Outer Drive, within three minutes of the call. They arrived at 10:06 a.m. to find the home fully involved in fire and heavy smoke coming from the roof.

One man suffered injuries that weren’t life-threatening after escaping through a window. He was treated on scene and did not need to be taken to the hospital.

A construction crew nearby helped the people evacuate before firefighters arrived on scene.

Several pets were inside the home. Two cats and a dog were rescued and four other pets were unable to be located.

The fire was under control by 10:20 a.m. and crews were on scene until about noon investigating and putting out hot spots.

American Red Cross is assisting the three people who lived there.

A preliminary investigation shows the possible cause to be a laptop battery charging on a desk.

There were no working fire alarms in the home. The Oak Ridge Fire Department would like to remind everyone of the importance of working smoke alarms. You can contact the Oak Ridge Fire Department for a free inspection of your smoke alarms at 865-425-FIRE (3473).

Oak Ridge Police Department, City of Oak Ridge Electric Department, Oak Ridge Utility District, and Anderson County Emergency Medical Services assisted ORFD on scene.

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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