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UPDATE: Family members of Bradley County fire victim say thank you

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UPDATE: The investigation continues into a deadly house fire in Bradley County. 

First responders arrived to a home near Bates Pike and Carrie Street Saturday to find the home in flames. When investigators went inside the home, they found a woman dead.

Family members are devastated by the loss but still they contacted Channel 3 to say thank you to the three teens who saw smoke and stopped to help.

"I started banging on the door and nobody answered, so we kicked in the door and smoke came out and that's when we knew it was definitely a fire," said 17-year-old Ashton Dunn who called 911. 

Dunn jumped into action knocking down the front door and calling 911 so a nearby officer could get to the scene within seconds.

"Just prayers towards her family. I hope that their family is okay. I did the best I could to help the situation," said Dunn. 

The act of bravery from a young stranger is helping the family cope in a way they didn't expect.

Our family just wants to thank him for trying," said Crystal Waldron. "It took a lot for him to be so young and do it." 

Crystal Waldron says she knows the teen and first responders did what they could for her cousin.

"That he even attempted you know I know they couldn't get the door open," said Waldron. 

They know she wasn't alone. Waldron says the woman of strong faith, died with her two dogs.

"She was just a loving and she was an amazing person," said Waldron. "She had no kids and those were her babies ...Amy and Bella."

Family members identified the victim as Tammy McCallie, 54. The Sheriff's Office is awaiting official confirmation from the coroner's office. 

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made the cause of the fire is still under investigation. 


PREVIOUS STORY: A Cleveland teen is the one who alerted authorities about a deadly house fire. It broke out on Saturday near Bates Pike and Carrie Street.

Investigators found a woman dead inside the home.

Cell phone video captured the moments when flames were shooting out of the roof of a Bradley County home. Before smoke turned into flames, 17-year-old Ashton Dunn noticed something unusual.

"I seen like a window that was red and it looked smoky in there and i was like that don't look right," Ashton Dunn who called 9-1-1 said.

The high school junior was in the neighborhood dropping off a friend. When he saw smoke coming out of the home, he called 9-1-1, but he didn't wait around for first responders to get there.

"I started banging on the door and nobody answered, so we kicked in the door and smoke came out and that's when we knew it was definitely a fire," Dunn said.

The smoke was too heavy for Dunn and his friends.

A deputy who was nearby for an unrelated call arrived seconds later. Firefighters weren't too far behind either.

"Arrived on the scene to find the home engulfed in flames. We understand there is damage throughout the entire residence," Bob Gault with the Bradley County Sheriff's Office said.

When investigators went inside the home, they found a woman dead. They aren't sure what started the fire.

As for Dunn, he hopes the woman's family gets the answers they need.

"Just prayers towards her family. Hope that their family is okay. I did the best i could to help the situation," Dunn said.

The TBI along with state bomb and arson officials are also investigating.

A spokesman for the Bradley County Sheriff's Office said the woman's body was taken to the Forensics Center in Knoxville for an autopsy. They have not released her name yet. 


ORIGINAL STORY: The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is currently investigating a fatal fire that occurred late Saturday night on Bates Pike. 

On Saturday around 9 p.m.,  a call was received through the Cleveland/Bradley County 911 Communications Center regarding a structure fire in the 3300 block of Bates Pike.  

Officials say a patrol deputy who was in the area was on-scene within a matter of seconds. Bradley County Fire & Rescue’s first apparatus responded to the scene within four minutes. Three engines and a tanker from Bradley County Fire & Rescue responded to a ranch style house that was completely engulfed with flames. Fire personnel was able to quickly contain the fire, but the structure was almost completely depleted. Once personnel was able to make entry to the structure, a deceased female was located inside. The identity of the deceased is being withheld at this time to ensure all the family has been notified.

The investigation surrounding the circumstance of the fire is still fluid and on-going by Bradley County Fire & Rescue. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation along with Tennessee State Bomb and Arson are currently on-scene to aid in the investigation.

The woman's body has been sent to the Forensics Center in Knoxville. 

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