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Ladder 1 (Green) was so happy to be Santa’s helpers when they gave him a lift outside of Children's Hospital at Erlanger on Wednesday, bringing him to the upper floors of the building. 

He said hello to the hematology/oncology patients and even FaceTimed with the kids so they could talk to him safely from inside the hospital. COVID made for a different kind of interaction with Santa, but it was great event enjoyed by everyone involved. One of the children asked for “lots of Christmas cheer” this year- a meaningful request! 

Footage and photos from the unique visit was shared by news stations all over the country, as well as other national media outlets and TV shows like CBS News, ABC News and Entertainment Tonight. We wish all of the staff and patients a very Merry Christmas! 

Santa hospital

Multiple CFD companies were dispatched to a reported residential fire in the 2100 block of Ocoee Street Saturday morning at 2:12 AM.

Calls to 911 indicated that the side of a house was on fire, which was confirmed by police officers arriving on the scene.

Engine 4 established command and found fire engulfing the side of the home at 2107 with structural endangerment of the vacant property next door.

The crew performed a primary search and no one was found. They began extinguishing the fire. Other responding firefighters conducted additional searches and launched an interior attack.

The fire was knocked down quickly, mitigating structural endangerment. On the inside, crews got the fire under control fast.

A fire investigator was called to the scene due to the home being vacant and under construction. There were no injuries.

Engine 4, Engine 5, Ladder 5, Quint 10, Squad 13, Squad 1, Battalion 1, Battalion 3 (Green Shift), Fire Investigator, EPB and CPD responded. 

Ocoee St house fire

Cleanup took several hours on DuPont Parkway and Amnicola Highway after a fuel spill.

The Chattanooga Fire Department’s fuel truck (which fills up our fire trucks at different fire halls) was headed back to CFD Supply around noon on Friday when it lost one of its hoses, spilling around 350 gallons of diesel fuel in the roadway.

The spill went from DuPont Parkway to the on-ramp to the CB Bridge.

CFD Special Operations Division was on the scene, along with Squad 7, Quint 10, Quint 16, Public Works and CPD.

Dupont Parkway was shut down due to slick conditions. An environmental company assisted with the cleanup. By 6:35 PM: all roads were safe and back open. 

fuel truck leak

 

On Wednesday evening, a four-inch natural gas main was damaged along Highland Avenue, which prompted the evacuation of nearly two dozen homes.

Around 5:15p.m. ET, a Tennessee American Water Company crew was repairing a water main break when the gas main was damaged in the 4600 block of Highland Avenue, causing a significant leak.

Chattanooga firefighters evacuated surrounding homes as a safety precaution, spanning two blocks. Residents were taken to the South Chattanooga Recreation Center for temporary shelter.

Chattanooga Gas is on the scene working to repair the damaged main. Repairs are expected to be completed by midnight. Meanwhile, residents have returned to their houses as the final repairs are being made. Firefighters have cleared evacuees’ homes with air monitors, making sure it was safe for them to go back inside.

Quint 14, Engine 9, Quint 1, Squad 1, Ladder 1, Battalion 1 (Green Shift) and Chattanooga Hamilton County Rescue’s Rehab Truck responded. Mutual Aid provided coverage at our fire halls while CFD companies were on the scene.

Highland Avenue gas repairs

A Chattanooga child was taken to the hospital Wednesday morning after suffering burns in a fire.

The Chattanooga Fire Department responded to the 700 block of Dodson Avenue at 10:33 AM after receiving reports that smoke was coming from a residence.

Responding firefighters spotted light smoke coming from the side of the house at 702 Dodson Avenue and discovered a mattress on fire inside the structure.

They maneuvered the smoldering mattress outside and extinguished the fire.

An eight-year-old child sustained burns to the bottom of one of her feet and was taken to the hospital. The cause of the fire is under investigation and the American Red Cross is assisting the impacted residents.

Ladder 5, Engine 5, Engine 4, Quint 10, Squad 1, Battalion 1, Battalion 2 (Green Shift) and CFD Investigations responded.

Dodson Ave mattress fire 1

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