Investigators Find Body Inside Burned Out Mobile Home

Chattanooga, Tn. (WDEF-TV) – Still no positive identification on the victim of an early morning fire on Suck Creek road.
Half a dozen fire departments responded but they were not able to save the trailer home or the person inside.
The call went out around 7:00 a.m.
There was a trailer home on fire on Suck Creek Road, and neighbors could see the flames.
Firefighters responded and began trying to get it under control, fighting heat, smoke and the weather.

TONY REAVLEY, DIRECTOR, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT "They had to battle ..It was in the 20’s this morning..the lower 20’s this morning..that always compounds things some times."

But the small home which some thought was abandoned was quickly destroyed down to the frame.
Investigators then had a chance to look around.

JANICE ATKINSON, HAMILTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT "When they were able to knock down the flames enough to start looking around they did find what appears to be human remains inside the trailer."

At that point firefighters turned the scene over to Sheriff’s department investigators.
It’s there job to find out what caused the fire and determine the identity of the remains found inside.
One thing they found encouraging was the quick response and overcoming a big problem. .

TONY REAVLEY "Walden’s Ridge, city of Red Bank, Dallas Bay and city of Chattanooga responded out here to the fire. I was asked earlier about water supplies…no fire hydrants here….that’s because everyone out here is on well water."

Depending on the outcome of the investigation, it would be the first fire death of the year in Hamilton county.
Traffic was halted for a time on the narrow two-lane Suck Creek Road, as the fire units battled the blaze.
It was reopened by 9:30 am.

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