published Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Ooltewah house goes up in flames, owner goes to hospital for smoke inhalation

A house at 3207 Banks Road in Ooltewah became a total loss from fire last night.

Its owner, Roger Ufford, was taken to Parkridge Hospital by Hamilton County EMS for smoke inhalation, officials reported.

Ufford had called 911 at 11:30 p.m. to report the fire, but when the Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department arrived it found fire showing through the roof area. A vehicle in the carport on fire.

Tri-Community VFD Deputy Chief Danny Hague reported a total loss valued at $75,000.

A news release said the cause is unknown and the fire is currently under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

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