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CFD worked a house fire Thursday at 3 AM in St. Elmo in the 4400 block of Tennessee Avenue. Quint 14, Squad 20, Quint 1, Ladder 1 and Squad 1 responded to the scene.

Quint 14 was the first unit to arrive and reported light smoke showing. They found a small fire in the basement and a quick attack was initiated to get the fire out.

One dog and four chicks were saved. Everyone else was already out of the home. The cause of the fire was determined to be a heat lamp left on near a plastic tote filled with wood chips where the residents were keeping the chicks warm.

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A Chattanooga woman and her four young children were transported to the hospital on Monday to be treated for possible smoke inhalation after a kitchen fire in their apartment.

It happened at the Shallowford Trace Apartments just before 2 PM.

The Chattanooga Fire Department was called to Pembrook Lane to a unit in the complex and the first crew on the scene advised that the fire was already out.

The 31-year-old mother was making food on the stove when grease caught fire, creating a lot of smoke in her apartment. She tried to put the fire out, but after being exposed to the smoke, she was advised to leave the apartment with her children. A maintenance worker at the complex got the fire out with an extinguisher.

The family, thankfully, did not suffer any burns, but the woman and her four children (ages 1, 4, 6 and 8) were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters ventilated the apartment to get the smoke out. 

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One of the Chattanooga Fire Department’s top priorities is ensuring the health and safety of our firefighters during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are asking the public to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus and take steps to help protect first responders in order to continue to provide the best service they can to the community.


If you have minor to moderate symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (which include a cough, fever or runny nose) and/or recent travel, please stay home and consult via telephone with your primary care physician.


If conditions worsen and become more severe, call 911 and relay important information regarding symptoms to the dispatcher. Be sure to mention if any coronavirus symptoms (cough, fever, difficulty breathing or runny nose) are present. Also, detail any recent travel or if contact has been made with a confirmed COVID-19 patient. Relaying this information is important so responding personnel will arrive to the scene with the appropriate personal protective equipment.


If calling 911 for a medical emergency other than COVID-19 (like a fall, vehicle collision, etc.) it is still critical to tell dispatchers of possible symptoms and/or recent travel.


If symptoms are present, please do not stop at a fire station to be evaluated. This would not allow firefighters to be protected with the proper personal protective equipment before making contact.

All of our fire stations are closed to the public for the time being to limit firefighters' exposure.

We encourage everyone to follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC and the Tennessee Department of Health.

As we make adjustments to how this public health crisis is managed, we would like to thank everyone for doing their part.

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Chattanooga firefighters rescued a man from his burning home Saturday night in the Lookout Valley area, as well as his pet snake.

It happened at 5:15 PM on North Moss Avenue, very close to Fire Station 20.

The crew was at the fire hall when someone ran up and alerted them that smoke was coming from a nearby home. An off-duty firefighter who lives in the area also called to notify them about it and they were able to respond to the scene very quickly.

When the firefighters from Station 20 pulled up, they noticed light smoke coming from the residence and they made entry to attack the fire.

That’s when they were told that someone was possibly inside the structure so they conducted a primary search and located the resident.

They got him out and treated him on the scene and he was transported to the hospital. His condition is unknown, but he did suffer burns on his upper torso.

A pet python was also saved by CFD crews.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The home suffered extensive fire, smoke and water damage.

A second alarm was called due to someone possibly being trapped in the house, but it was later canceled.

Responding units/agencies include: Squad 20, Quint 3, Ladder 1, Quint 1, Battalion 1, Battalion 2, Quint 24, Squad 1, CPD, HCEMS and EPB.

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Chattanooga firefighters had an early morning house fire under control in a matter of minutes after finding a mobile home engulfed in flames.

Crews were called to a double wide trailer in the 8100 block of Old Cleveland Pike at 3 AM Tuesday. Neighbors called 911 to report it.

Firefighters attacked the fire from all sides of the house. It was called under control in 10 minutes, according to the battalion chief in command on the scene.

When it was safely possible, crews used thermal imaging cameras to look into the house from the exterior and found that there was no furniture or belongings inside.

Neighbors confirmed that there was no one living in the house and that it was being repaired.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were no injuries.

EPB, CPD, HCEMS, and Tri-Community Fire Department provided assistance to CFD.

Quint 7, Squad 7, Quint 6, Quint 8 and Battalion 2 Chief David Thompson Jr. responded to the call. Thompson was the first to arrive and provided photos from the scene.

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