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A semi truck driver’s cab was completely destroyed when it caught fire on I-75 N near the East Brainerd Road exit.

It caused trees on the side of the road to catch on fire.

CFD worked to get the tractor trailer fire extinguished and the brush fire put out using two quints, a squad and a tanker.

The driver was not injured.

The northbound lanes were totally shut down for 20 minutes, impacting traffic.

It’s not clear yet what caused the cab of the tractor trailer to catch on fire.

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Thanks to a generous federal grant, the Chattanooga Fire Department will be able to enhance training for firefighters so they can be prepared for situations when their personal safety is in imminent danger.

CFD applied for and has been awarded the 2018 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 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.

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The Chattanooga Fire Department worked an apartment fire in Hixson that sent two firefighters to the hospital and left several units damaged.

The call came in at 6:54 PM as a smoke investigation at the Steeplechase Apartments on Cloverdale Circle.

The first arriving fire companies saw heavy smoke from Hixson Pike and heavy fire coming from backside of one of the apartment buildings.

Chattanooga police officers were helping evacuate the building as CFD pulled up.

The second alarm fire was extinguished thanks to the hard work of crews on the scene. The blaze caused heavy fire damage to two upper apartments and the roof.

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The Chattanooga Fire Department applauds the quick actions of Care Med Ambulance personnel who rushed to alert and aid the driver of a burning trash truck.

It happened just before 2 PM in the 1300 block of Appling Street off Riverside Drive.

The driver of the Santek garbage truck had just picked up trash at Care Med’s office and staff members saw white smoke coming out of the top of the truck so they flagged him down.

As soon as he stopped, they all heard a loud boom inside the truck and the smoke turned from white to black.

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A neighbor who spotted smoke helped get fire crews to a home off Shallowford Road.

CFD was called to a house in the 2200 block of Beeler Avenue before 6:30 PM.

Smoke appeared to be coming from underneath the structure.

When firefighters arrived and went inside, there was no smoke.

They cut holes in the floor and in the side of the house. They found the fire under the flooring and got it extinguished.

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