Neighbors question fire hydrants after Sunday afternoon fire

OOLTEWAH, Tenn. (WDEF)-A fire in East Brainerd has left a family without a home and a community looking for some answers.

The fire happened this afternoon on Daugherty Lane in Ooltewah.

Officials say that the family sat down for lunch and noticed that the back porch was on fire.

The family was able to escape the blaze.

Hamilton County Emergency Management says that it took 2 hours to extinguish the fire because of the windy conditions.

Neighbors say that fire hydrant location played a large roll as well.

Christine Gregg says, “This could have all been handled if we had more fire hydrants. and we are going to work on a petition and get that done so hopefully, this never happens again and if it does happen again, at least our firefighters will be more prepared to handle that.”

Tri- Community fire says that the home is a total loss valued at 360 thousand dollars.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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