According to CFD Fire and Arson investigator Ben Atchley, the fire was believed to have originated on a screened-in porch at the rear of the home.
Atchley said as the fire progressed, it spread into the attic area and through the roofline.
Reports indicated the fire was reported just before 8 p.m.
When firefighters arrived, the flames had broken through the roof.
A number of Cleveland Fire suppression units responded and remained there late into the evening.
Stan Clark of Bradley County Emergency Medical Service reported paramedics were sent to the scene and remained on stand-by as firefighters battled the blaze.
No injuries were reported, according to Clark.
Atchley said the home appeared to be a total loss, but no dollar estimate was available at the time of the initial report.
- A Decatur resident was charged with theft under $500 after he allegedly took construction materials from a site in Charleston.
According to a report filed by deputy John Davis of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Michael Graham was arrested after a brief investigation at Wacker in Charleston.
Davis responded to the site after officials at Wacker accused Graham of taking copper wire, a large light bulb and some cable ties, according to his report.
Graham had loaded the items in a vehicle. Wacker officials reportedly observed Graham putting the items in a pickup truck. As he and two co-workers attempted to leave, Wacker security officials notified the Sheriff’s Office of the alleged theft.
Graham was taken into custody without incident and taken to the Bradley County Jail where he was booked on the charge, according to Davis.
- Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Driver’s License Roadside Safety Checkpoints in Bradley County beginning this weekend and Sobriety Checkpoints in Polk County.
The checkpoints will be set up in random location in the counties, according to THP officials.
Checkpoints are an effective means of recognizing the dangers presented to the driving public, by motorists who would violate the laws of the state.
All scheduled checkpoints are contingent upon weather conditions and manpower availability.