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Members of the Chattanooga Fire Department found flames coming out of a St. Elmo home early Wednesday morning and multiple companies worked together to get the fire out.

It happened at 1:38 AM in the 4200 block of Ohls Avenue. Quint 14 was first to arrive on the scene and reported that they were dealing with a working residential structure fire with flames visible in the windows on three sides of the house.

Initially, they had to use a defensive attack because there was so much fire and black smoke. Once the fire was knocked down, crews were able to enter. They conducted a primary and secondary search and no one was found inside.

It took approximately 45 minutes to get the fire under control. Several residents were home at the time and they all escaped safely. There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Quint 14, Engine 9, Squad 1, Ladder 1, Quint 1, Battalion 1, Battalion 3 (Red Shift) CFD Supply, EPB, HCEMS and CPD responded. The American Red Cross will be assisted the impacted residents.

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On January 23rd, the CFD and several other agencies spent hours searching for a lost hiker on Lookout Mountain. Around 9:40 PM, a male party called 911 for help stating that he was hung up in barbed wire and unable to get out. The call disconnected and dispatchers were unable to reach the caller again so they pinged his phone to get a better idea of his location. Crews combed the woods attempting to locate the hiker. Quint 3, Squad 7, Battalion 1, Battalion 2 (Green Shift) and Special Operations Chief Danny Hague were on the scene. After utilizing ground searches, drone searches, the use of scent dogs and an investigation by Chattanooga Police Department, the search was called off at 3 AM Sunday. All units were returned to service. Chattanooga Hamilton County Rescue Service’s Cave/Cliff/Technical Unit assisted with the operation. After an extensive search and multiple interviews, it was determined that the missing party had left the area. Agencies involved: Chattanooga Fire Department, Chattanooga Police Department, Hamilton County EMA, Hamilton County EMS, Hamilton County STARS, Hamilton County Rescue, Chattanooga Police Department.

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A traffic accident caused a second alarm commercial fire Thursday morning in the 5800 block of Lee Highway.

It happened at 2:47 AM when a garbage truck and car collided, causing both vehicles to burst into flames.

It sparked a chain reaction and vehicles on the lot of a nearby auto repair business caught fire and then the flames spread to the business itself.

A second alarm was called to bring additional companies to the scene. Crews were advised to get out from under live wires and moved to defensive and aerial operations.

Mutual aid provided coverage at some of CFD’s fire halls while firefighters were on the scene on Lee Highway.

Everyone worked to tackle the business fire and several vehicle fires. At 4:15 AM, the fire was marked under control.

Two patients from the initial traffic crash were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

While all of this was happening, a driver in the area ran over one of the fire hoses supplying water to the scene. This is dangerous when first responders are using a hose to put out a fire so CFD urges drivers to pay attention.

The business impacted, H&W Auto Repair, sustained extensive damage. Around 20 customer vehicles were destroyed.

Ladder 13, Quint 8, Squad 1, Quint 21, Quint 6, Engine 15, Squad 7, Squad 7, Ladder 7, Engine 5, Ladder 5, Engine 9, Ladder 1, Quint 1, Ladder 19, Battalion 1, Battalion 2 (Blue Shift), CFD Investigations, CFD Supply, EPB, CPD and HCEMS responded.

Lee Highway commercial fire

The quick actions and hard work of Chattanooga firefighters stopped flames from spreading through an apartment building Tuesday night.

At 8:09 PM, crews were called to the 4700 block of Edingburg Drive following reports that flames were visible and that someone could possibly be trapped inside. A second alarm was called to bring more firefighters to the scene.

Quint 14 arrived first and found fire coming through the front of one of the apartments. They started attacking the fire and conducted a primary search. No one was inside.

Other companies started arriving and assisting and the fire was brought under control quickly, in about 15 minutes.

One apartment sustained fire damage and thanks to firefighters’ fast knockdown, two other units only have smoke damage.

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

Three people were displaced in the three damaged apartments and the American Red Cross has been notified.

Ladder 1, Squad 1, Quint 14, Engine 9, Quint 1, Squad 20, Ladder 5, Ladder 13, Quint 3, Squad 13, Battalion 1, Battalion 2 (Green), EPB, CPD, CFD Supply, Chattanooga Housing Authority and CFD’s Fire Investigation Division responded.

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We are proud to announce that Lt. Julius Hubbard (Quint 6 Red) has been selected by EPB to be one of nine artists for the 10th Street Community Mural Project!

The artists will paint murals on nine panels along the EPB substation fence at 10th and Foster Street. The central theme for the mural project is “The Soul of MLK – How artists visualize the heartbeat and soul of MLK in arts, music and culture” to highlight the history, heritage and significance of Downtown Chattanooga’s Martin Luther King Boulevard area.

“I’m humbled and excited to be selected. I’m grateful to EPB for giving local emerging artists the opportunity to showcase their talent while honoring an American civil justice icon,” Lt. Hubbard said.

The artists’ work was selected by a group of outside stakeholders based on its artistic value, clarity of thought, community reflection and relevance with blind judging. Work will begin this spring.

“Lt. Hubbard is a true professional and I could not be more blessed to serve with him. He is also an incredibly talented and passionate artist,” stated Battalion Chief Brandon Schroyer. “This really speaks to how gifted and diverse the members of this department are!”

Lt. Hubbard concept for the mural is called “Dare to Dream." Congratulations!

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