Family loses everything in house fire
Friday afternoon, around 12:30 P.M., a 911 call was made reporting a house fire at 14713 Pierce Road in the Birchwood area.
Highway 58 VFD responded and arrived on scene reporting heavy smoke and fire coming from the front and the roof of the house. Tri-Community VFD and Bradley County Fire Rescue provided additional assistance with the fire.
Firefighters worked quickly to get water on the scene and attack the fire but, windy conditions allowed the fire to spread quickly. Authorities tried to keep the fire from spreading to the terrain which was covered with dry hay, firefighters had to attack the fire defensively.
The D'Ornano family, homeowners, just moved to the Chattanooga area from Virginia last week. They had lived in their new home for about a week. The house sits on 170 acres owned by her brother, Matt Malone, who was working on his property when he noticed the house fire. Mr. Malone reported he tried to put the fire out with fire extinguishers and a water hose, but was unsuccessful.
No injuries were reported by Hamilton County EMS. The cause of the fire is undetermined and will be under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. Damages are listed at over $100,000. The D'Ornano family was insured and will be staying with family.