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Unattended trash burning starts fire in Ooltewah

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An unattended burning got out of control and started a fire in Ooltewah on Saturday.

Fire officials said neighbor called 9-1-1 around 3:40 p.m. to report an outbuilding and a large pile of tires were on fire on Old Cleveland Pike. Dispatchers received several calls from people reporting heavy black smoke that could be seen from the interstate.

Officials said a homeowner was burning garbage in a barrel when the hot embers caught an outbuilding and a pile of tires on fire. Firefighters put both fires out before they reached other structures.

No one was hurt and damages are estimated at $50,000.

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