OLIVER SPRINGS—Fires destroyed two homes on Friday, one in Oliver Springs and the other on Dutch Valley Road.
The first fire was reported at about 12:55 a.m. Friday at 1351 Dutch Valley Road in Anderson County.
The large, one-story, brick veneer home was completely on fire when the first units arrived from the nearby Marlow Fire Department Station 2 (located at the old Donovan School), fire photographer Tom Scott said. The Marlow Fire department responded with two engines and two tankers.
In response to mutual aid requests, the Oliver Springs Fire Department sent an engine and a rescue truck, and the Blair Fire Department sent an engine.
Anderson County Emergency Medical Services had a medic unit standing by at the scene. The fire units were on the scene until about 5 a.m. Friday, Scott said. The house was totally destroyed.
The fire occurred during a heavy rain and lightning storm. Scott said the house was reportedly unoccupied and listed for sale.
The second fire occurred later that same day. It was the second significant fire in the area in a 24-hour period. It was reported at about 11:46 p.m. Friday at 708 Hen Valley Road in Oliver Springs.
The home was completely on fire when firefighters arrived, and it was a total loss, said Toby Leinart, Oliver Springs Fire Department lieutenant.
The cause hadn’t ben determined early Saturday, Leinart said, as firefighters continued to spray water on what was left of the home and small flames that continued to burn.
It took about 30 to 40 minutes to knock down the fire at the vacant home, Leinart said. The fire was contained to the house, and there were no injuries.
OSFD responded with two engines and a rescue truck. The Oak Ridge Fire Department responded with a fire engine and battalion chief on a mutual-aid call, and ORFD sprayed water from a deck gun on top of the fire engine. The Blair Fire Department sent a tanker, and the Marlow Fire Department provided extra firefighters.
Leinart said there was low water pressure at fire hydrants near the fire, which was at the outer edge of the hydrant system, and firefighters asked the Oliver Springs Water Department to increase the water pressure.
The Clinton Utilities Board responded to turn off the power to the home.
Hen Valley Road is a narrow road paralleling Tri County Boulevard near the Kellytown Baptist Church.
Dutch Valley Road splits off Frost Bottom Road east of Oliver Springs and runs northeast toward Rocky Top.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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