UPDATE: Just hours after a fire engulfed a barn on Bill Reed Road Monday night, a Chattanooga man was arrested and charged with arson.

Timothy Charles Brake admitted to deputies that he started the fire because he was tired of the drug use that went on in the barn on a regular basis, according to the arrest report.

No injuries were reported in the blaze, but the damage to the structure was estimated to be $50,000.


PREVIOUS STORY: The Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department is battling a house and woods fire in the Collegedale area on Monday night.

It’s happening in the 9300 block of Bill Reed Road.

Hamilton County EMS officials are asking drivers to avoid the area to allow crews to put out the fire.

The cause of the fire has not been released.

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