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Oak Ridge house burns to ground; officials investigating

6:16 PM, Feb 10, 2013   |    comments
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Authorities are investigation what ignited a suspicious fire in an Oak Ridge residence early Sunday morning.

Oak Ridge firefighters responded shortly after 4:00 a.m. to a vacant home on the 100 block of Hillside Road.

Fire Chief Darryl Kerley said the house was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived on scene.

Crews let the home burn down completely, so strong winds and possible storms would not knock down the weakened walls and toss around leftover debris.

Paul Wilson, who was renting the home, said his family was still in the process of moving out.  He said they're lucky nobody was home when the fire started, but his family lost some very special items.

"There were a few things that we left here, that were fragile. . . a painting that my grandma painted and gave to me when I was young, and that's hard," said Wilson.  "Cause it's gone. There's no doing anything about it. Everything in the house is completely demolished."

The owner of the home said it was one of his three rental homes, and it's insured.  

Chief Kerley said some of the siding and windows at a neighbor's home were damaged as well.  

The fire remains under investigation.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Tennessee Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017.


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Officials called an early morning fire suspicious after a home burned to the ground around 4 a.m. Sunday.

Fire Chief Darryl Kerley said renters were in the process of moving out of home, located on the 100 block of Hillside Road, an no injuries were reported.

Kerley said crews let the house burn completely so that strong winds and possible storms would not knock down the weakened walls and toss around leftover debris.

A neighboring house was also damaged, as heat from the fire scorched paint and cracked windows.

Crews put up a sign in the yard, asking people to call the Tennessee Arson Hotline if they have any information at 1-800-762-3017.

The fire remains under investigation. Crews cleared the scene early Sunday afternoon.

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