published Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Duplex fire displaces two families in Highway 58 neighborhood

A duplex caught fire Wednesday at 5535 Jewell Road off Highway 58.
A duplex caught fire Wednesday at 5535 Jewell Road off Highway 58.

Two families were displaced Wednesday by a duplex fire on Jewell Road.

At 3 p.m., a 911 call was received reporting a fire in the right side of the duplex at 5535 Jewell Road off of Highway 58.

Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department responded and arrived on the scene and reported a fully involved duplex fire for both units. Firefighters worked quickly to gain access to both units to conduct an interior attack.

Highway 58 VFD requested a Mutual Aid response from Tri-Community VFD to assist them on the scene. Bradley County Fire Rescue stood by at Highway 58 fire halls for any additional emergency calls In their district.

Fire officials report Kevin McKenzie was home at the time cooking in the kitchen. He explained the grease caught fire and spread throughout the kitchen. He ran outside to notify the other tenant next door, Mr. Daniel Jimenez, that his side of the duplex was on fire.

No injuries were reported but Hamilton County EMS was on the scene for any potential injuries. Both families were uninsured.

The Mckenzie family will be staying with family members. Mr. Jimenez and Ms. Daisy Tesorero will be receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.

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