UPDATE: Donations are being accepted to help to an Ooltewah family who lost a child in a house fire on Wednesday morning.

The fire destroyed the family's home on Shady Oak Drive and claimed the life of nine-year-old Jamie Dickerson.

The boy's father, mother and sibling were able to make it out of the home and now the community is coming together to help them through this difficult time.

If you would like to make a donation, you can drop it off at 4042 Happy Valley Lane in Ooltewah.

Family members are also collecting clothes for the Dickersons and are asking for the following sizes:

Family members are collecting clothing for the family. Sizes are: 

Father

  • XL Shirt
  • 38/34 Pants
  • Size 9 Shoes

Mother

  • XL Shirt
  • 2XL Pants
  • Size 9 Shoes

Daughter, age 11

  • M Shirt
  • 10-12 Pants
  • Size 5-6 Shoes

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates to this story.


PREVIOUS UPDATE: An investigation is underway after a child was killed in a house fire in Ooltewah. 

It happened around 5:45 Wednesday morning on Shady Oak Drive. 

Standing in a circle, hand in hand, Shady Oak Drive neighbors prayed. 

Some still in pajamas, others wearing shock on their faces after what unfolded at a home nearby.

“I didn’t have enough clothes on, nor knowledge of the home," Mark Franklin said. "I didn’t know where I was going."

Franklin woke up to a woman screaming. He and others used a ladder to try and reach the family of four inside. 

“I went up the ladder and I stuck my arm through the window and I could feel the hairs on my arms start to melt back," he added. "That’s when I knew it was just too hot. I couldn’t go in."

The mother and father and one child were able to escape, though. 

They were sent to the hospital for observation. 

Crews spent hours searching for a fourth member of their family, a child, who was not able to get out. The young boy has been identified as nine-year-old Jamie Dickerson. A medical examiner will determine how he died. 

Amy Maxwell with Hamilton County Emergency Services says it’s important to know your limits if you find yourself in a situation where you’re trying to help.

“But in these kind of dire situations, if you have the ability to try and help, that’s fine," she said. "But you have to remember, you have to think about yourself."

Family members tell Channel 3 both of the adults are hearing impaired. It’s unclear if that played a roll in the fire. 

Family members are collecting clothing for the family. Sizes are: 

Father

  • XL Shirt
  • 38/34 Pants
  • Size 9 Shoes

Mother

  • XL Shirt
  • 2XL Pants
  • Size 9 Shoes

Daughter, age 11

  • M Shirt
  • 10-12 Pants
  • Size 5-6 Shoes

Please e-mail Michelle Heron to work out a place to bring donations. Stay with Ch. 3 for updates on this story. 


PREVIOUS STORY: Three occupants of an Ooltewah home were taken to a local hospital after a devastating house fire early Wednesday morning.

One person may be missing, according to Amy Maxwell, Hamilton County Emergency Services spokesman.

A neighbor attempted to help rescue the family.

Sub-freezing temperatures are making the job even more difficult for firefighters as the wet surfaces freeze.

Firefighters attempted to fight the blaze from inside the home but were unsuccessful because of the instability of the structure. They were able to extinguish the fire from outside.

The house is a total loss. Damages are undetermined at this time. The cause of the fire is undetermined and will be under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.


PREVIOUS STORY: The Tri Comm Fire Department has responded to house fire located on Shady Oak Drive.

Several crews are working the fire. The home appears to have been destroyed, given the fire's severity.

Channel 3 has learned that a family of five lived in the home.

This is a developing story; please check again for updates.