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Fire crews say high winds helped Soddy-Daisy brush fire spread quickly Tuesday afternoon

(Image courtesy viewer Crystal Byrd)

UPDATE: Fire crews battled a brush fire that threatened nearby homes in Soddy-Daisy Tuesday afternoon.

Fire officials say it started as a controlled burn near Green Pond Road, before dry and windy conditions spread the flames.

Neighbor Brad Higgins used his bulldozer to pile dirt on top of the flames and create a fire break.

Sequoyah fire Chief Mike Brumlow is thankful they got it under control before the flames could jump to nearby homes.

"We were able to stop it before it even hit those $100,000 homes back there."

Tina Newton has lived in the area for thirty years.

She got a phone call at work telling her flames were creeping up near her home. Her grandchildren were inside.

"I rushed to get home because I didn't know what was what, and I got here and it was engulfed," Newton said. "Burning all over the wind is blowing like crazy."

There were no injuries reported and no damage to homes.

Fire officials say you can contact the Hamilton County Air Pollution Control office and the State Division of Forestry to get a burn permit.

"People need to be careful not to burn because it could start big brush fires again," Brumlow said.


PREVIOUSLY: The fire broke out at 1803 Green Pond Road around 4 p.m.

The Sequoyah Fire Department (SFD) responded to the fire, which investigators believe started from a control burn, but reached a large brush pile.

Investigators say high winds helped spread the fire, and lots of agencies came to help.

The SFD was assisted by Dallas Bay Fire, Mowbray Fire, Soddy-Daisy Fire, Red Bank Fire, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture's Division of Forestry, and even a person with a bulldozer.

Fire officials say there were no injuries reported, and caution everyone to be careful when conducting any type of outdoor burning.

NewsChannel 9's Kayla Strayer was on the scene.

Viewers submitted pictures of the fire near Green Pond Road.

Viewer Laura Burkhart shared pictures of the resulting smoke from the fire.

Depend on us to keep you posted.

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