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Chief certain someone started brush fire on Mowbry Mountain

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UPDATE: Investigators now believe a brush fire in Soddy Daisy was started by a person.

It started around 5:00 Sunday night along Mowbry Mountain and took crews seven hours to contain the flames because of strong winds and rough terrain.

The fire burned 100 acres along the mountain-side. Forestry service crews spent Monday putting out hot spots.

Soddy Daisy Fire Chief Mike Guffey is certain someone caused this fire but doesn't know if it was on purpose. If it was, a conviction comes with hefty fines.

Charles Snyder lives nearby. He says this isn't the first time crews have worked a brush fire in this area.

“We had a fire there before where a couple of kids did it, but it was never like what it was yesterday,” Snyder said.

Snyder and many of his neighbors watched the flames burn within feet of their homes worried about losing their possessions.

“Especially when you don't have any insurance and you can't replace any of the things that you lost,” he added.

Which is why fire crews worked so hard to contain the flames before they threatened any homes.

No one was injured in the fire.

UPDATE: Soddy-Daisy Fire Chief Mike Guffey tells Channel 3 a brush fire continues to grow along the side of Mowbry Mountain. He says winds have fueled the flames, with the brush fire spreading between 70 to 100 acres. Guffey says no structures are in danger. The Forestry Service, along with several other departments are working to contain the blaze. Guffey hopes rain moving into the Tennessee Valley will help firefighters with their efforts.

Soddy-Daisy firefighters and several other agencies have spent the afternoon and evening battling a large brush fire.

Crews called on surrounding fire departments, Sale Creek and Walden's Ridge, for aid as the fire burns West of Dayton Pike near Sequoyah Road. Firefighters have been able to establish break lines but the terrain is making the effort a challenging one.

Stay with Channel 3 for updates. 
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