No Injuries After Basement Fire in Oak Ridge, Cats Rescued

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (April 16, 2019) – On Monday, April 15, 2019, at approximately 5:40 p.m., the Oak Ridge Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire on Hugh Lane. Upon arrival, firefighters spotted heavy smoke coming from the basement area of a three-unit condominium.

There were two occupants, a mother and her teenage son, inside at the time of the fire. Both were able to escape safely before crews arrived. The flames in the basement were quickly extinguished by the first crew on the scene and no injuries were reported.

Firefighters were able to locate two cats inside the building and administer oxygen to the pets at the scene. Both cats were then turned back over to their owners.

The fire caused serious damage to the building and its contents, including slight smoke damage to the adjacent condominium. The cause appears to be accidental, likely due to smoking in the storage area of the basement.

The American Red Cross was contacted to assist the affected occupants.

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, 25, Chandler 21, and Naomi 11. 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 9 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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