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The staff at a local McDonald’s had anything but a routine morning as they started preparing for the breakfast crowd.

CFD was called to the McDonald’s at 4829 Brainerd Road at 4:15 AM Friday.

Several employees showed up for work and started getting things ready.

They smelled smoke and noticed that the stove was on fire, as well as the wall behind it.

They tried to put it out, but they couldn’t so they evacuated the building.

Firefighters made an offensive fire attack and went in and extinguished the kitchen fire.

Crews also went to the roof to put flames out because the fire went through the vent system and extended to the roof.

There were no injuries.

Officials on the scene believe the blaze was the result of a grease fire or a mechanical malfunction with the equipment.

Responding units: Squad 13, Quint 13, Engine 5, Engine 15, Engine 21, Quint 8, Squad 1, Battalion 1 and Battalion 2.

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Chattanooga fire investigators believe a late night blaze at a house on East Avenue was intentionally set.

At 11:35 PM on Monday, January 6th, firefighters were dispatched to a home in the 700 block on a reported residential structure fire.

Someone driving by the house spotted it and called 911 to alert emergency personnel.

Crews noticed light smoke coming from the roof of the house, which was vacant and had been condemned.

Flames were discovered on the second story and were quickly contained to the upstairs rooms. Firefighters then conducted fire suppression operations and ventilated the structure.

Investigators concluded that the fire started in the bathroom of the second floor as a result of arson. The home had no power or utilities.

The case remains under investigation.

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There were no injuries at a Chattanooga business after a call came in about a possible commercial fire and reported explosion.

CFD responded to Brandt Industries on Riverside Drive just after 2 PM Friday.

The company cleans brass and other materials so chemicals are present in the building, prompting officials to initially call for extra manpower and members of the Special Operations team in case of a hazmat situation.

But the fire was out upon the arrival of our crews thanks to the quick actions of employees at the facility.

Firefighters spent time thoroughly examining the impacted area to make sure the fire was fully extinguished.

Again, no one was hurt. We are working to determine what exactly caused the fire.

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Firefighters were able to quickly and safely stop a fire from spreading through a Chattanooga home Monday night. 

It happened just after 7 PM in the 4000 block of Loftis Street.

Neighbors across the street saw the flames and called it in.

Upon arrival by our crews, the fire was visible from the front porch and the front left corner of the house.

Quint 6 made a blitz attack to the front porch to knock down the flames and then made entry for a primary search of the residence.

At that point, other units arrived and everyone worked together to get the fire out.

Crews cut a hole in the roof for ventilation.

No one was home at the time of the blaze.

The family dog was safe in his pen in the backyard.

There were no injuries.

The cause is under investigation.

There’s damage to the front of the structur,e but it was contained to the front bedroom and porch. 


As the New Year approaches, the Chattanooga Fire Department is looking back on a productive 2019 and preparing for all that 2020 will bring.

We want to share some year-to-date numbers and touch on some of CFD’s achievements and initiatives.

For 2019, the CFD will have responded to more than 20,500 calls, including more than 170 structure fires, over 7,500 EMS calls and almost 1,600 “Assist a citizen” calls. We’ve also responded to more than 1,900 motor vehicle accidents.

There were seven civilian injuries, three civilian deaths and three firefighter injuries from fires.

Our firefighters saved $52,276,917 in property from fire damage.

Here’s more on other department milestones and happenings from 2019:

1. We put Ladder 5 in service at Station 5 which gave us two companies at Station 5 for the Highland Park Community. It is a 105-foot quint.

2. Our entire department has just been fitted for new ballistic vests. CFD has had this protective equipment for five years and now, the vests are being replaced. They go out of warranty every five years.

- The vests will help protect our crews on dangerous scenes, especially during situations where there’s a potential active threat.

- We are going from having some vests assigned to fire trucks to every person in the department having their own. We expect the shipment to arrive sometime in January 2020.

3. In October, we welcomed 23 new firefighters to the CFD family upon their graduation from our 2019 Fire Academy which lasted six months. It was a diverse class of men and women, including former professional athletes, military veterans, skilled wildland firefighters and several men following in the steps of their fathers who proudly served CFD for decades.

4. Our Safe Stations program continues to yield results as part of an ongoing effort to combat the opioid epidemic and help provide potentially life-saving resources to those struggling with addiction.

- Safe Stations provides 24-hour assistance for those seeking to be connected with treatment and recovery options. All stations within the city are participating.

5. In 2019, CFD learned that it was awarded the 2018 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), about $70,000 in funding.

- The annual grant opportunity gives fire departments across the United States the ability to apply for and if awarded, to purchase apparatus, tools, equipment, gear, and training that is needed within the department’s jurisdiction with federal grant funding.

- This program is specifically designed to save firefighters through the prevention of and operation in “mayday” situations, in which a firefighter may become lost, disoriented, injured, low on air, or trapped.

6. Our new CFD Connect program is garnering attention from various national publications.

- It’s called CFD Connect and it was established in partnership with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s (UTC) Social Work Program. The program places two social work master’s level interns with firefighters.

- The goal is to address high users of non-emergency calls (like medical assists and lift assist calls). We make sure there are services in place for those particular individuals in order to decrease their dependence on the 911 system.

- There’s been a 63% decrease in non-emergency calls associated with the 13 clients CFD Connect has worked with, saving the city thousands of dollars.

We look forward to a prosperous New Year as we continue to serve the citizens of Chattanooga!

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