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A Chattanooga man and his pets safely escaped a house fire in East Lake early Saturday morning.

It happened just after midnight in the 3900 block of 17th Avenue.

The fire appears to have started in the laundry area of the home, according to responding fire officials.

The resident evacuated with his pets and called 911. There were no injuries and Red Cross was contacted for assistance.

Responding companies were Engine 9, Engine 5, Ladder 5, Quint 14, Squad 1, Battalion 1 and a squad from East Ridge. HCEMS and CPD also responded.

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Multiple areas of the Hamilton County Jail were ventilated Tuesday night after heavy smoke inside the facility prompted the relocation of approximately 150 inmates.

What caused the smoke is still under investigation.

CFD was called to 601 Walnut Street just after 6:30 PM.

Jail personnel reported smoke on the fifth floor.

The impact was isolated the to sixth and fifth floors, as well as part of the fourth floor.

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Two hikers are safe after being rescued by first responders on Lookout Mountain.

The couple, in their early 20s, left from Cravens House on Sunday. They ended up getting lost, and then it got dark.

Around 7:15 PM they called 911 and 911 was able to ping their cell phone for a GPS location.

CFD’s Quint 14 set up command at Sunset Rock because that was the closest location for them to come out.

Two firefighters made their way into the woods, located the hikers and brought them out with the help of the Lookout Mountain Police Department and park rangers.

The hikers were not injured. They asked for water and a ride back to their car.

CFD appreciates the support from the agencies who responded to help with the search. Mutual aid was requested from Lookout Mountain and Hamilton County Special Tactics and Rescue Services (STARS).

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a firefighter or wanted a behind-the-scenes look at the intense training CFD conducts to make sure our crews are prepared to respond to any scene? Our FireOps101 course gives citizens a glimpse into the job and they had an opportunity to test their own skills!

The Chattanooga Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 820, and the Chattanooga Fire Department will be held the annual event on October 26th at the Fire and Police Training Center.

Participants had the opportunity to meet a number of the firefighters serving the City of Chattanooga and participated in multiple training evolutions.

They learned about fire attack, vehicle extrication, emergency medical care, Rope Rescue, Rapid Intervention Skills and flammable liquids fires.

There were members of the community, doctors, city officials and nurses from the Vanderbilt Burn Center in the group. 

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Chattanooga firefighters worked quickly to contain a fire to one area of a family's home, preventing flames from spreading to the rest of the house.

It happened before 5 PM in the Belleau Woods subdivision in the 8000 block of Pershing Street.

Neighbors called 911 to report that they could see flames coming from the structure. Crews found heavy fire in the attic above the garage

Three adults and one child got out safely.

Firefighters worked quickly to get the fire extinguished, containing it to the attic.

Officials determined that it was accidental in nature.

Quint 21, Quint 8, Quint 7, Squad 7, Quint 6, Squad 19 and Squad 13 responded.

There were no injuries.

The Red Cross was notified to assist the impacted residents.

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