Neighbors remember man killed in East Brainerd house fire as "quiet" & "kept to himself"

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UPDATE (Wednesday, May 15):

The sheriff's office has identified an Ooltewah man whose body they say was found in the burned home, and a woman has been cited after officials say her actions endangered lives. See more at the link here.

PREVIOUSLY (May 8):

A garage fire in the Hurricane Creek Neighborhood Tuesday afternoon destroyed a home and killed one person.

Officials say another person made it out without any injuries but we are still waiting for officials to identify the man killed.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department has yet to release the name of the man who died in the house fire.

Wednesday morning, investigators were back on scene at 707 Stone Crest Circle.

Authorities talked to neighbors, looked through the debris and searched the property with a K-9 dog.

They also pulled a push lawn mower out from the debris and put it inside an investigation truck.

NewsChannel 9's Kelly Curtin spoke with some neighbors who say it is tough to drive by and see the destruction.

Pamela Garrison lives down the street from the house, she says it's heartbreaking and her thoughts are with the family.

"When we found out last night at 7:30 that someone didn’t make it, we were just really devastated," “Pamela Garrison explained.

Fire crews say it started in the garage, quickly spread to the attic, and finally collapsed the roof.

Neighbors say they heard what sounded like an explosion and several pops.

Ismael Salud has lived in the neighborhood for 10 years.

His house sits right next door to where the fire broke out.

He told us he didn't know the man who died all too well, only that he was quiet and mostly kept to himself.

"Its a bad thing but I don't know the family, they never introduced themselves to us. We just said hello that's it," Ismael Salud said.

A woman drove over a hose, breaking a silver coupling and making it a challenge for the Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department.

It decreased the water pressure to the house and put fire fighters at risk.

Crews were able to fix the problem thanks to an extra truck on scene, but it took a total of 5 minutes.

Precious time that could have been used to get it under control faster.

It will cost the Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department about 500 dollars to get that problem fixed.

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office has not issued any ticket for the driver.


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