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CFD crews had a house fire out in less than ten minutes this morning on E 12th Street. The call came out at 11:23 AM to the 2500 block and when units arrived, smoke was showing on all sides and fire was on the second floor of the unoccupied two-story residence. Firefighters made a quick interior attack and conducted simultaneous searches. No one was found and there were no injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Engine 9, Engine 5, Ladder 5, Ladder 1, Squad 1, Squad 13, Battalion 1 and 2 (Blue Shift), EMS, CPD, EPB, and CFD Investigations responded.

E 12th Street fire

A fire that severely gutted a house being renovated is under investigation by the Chattanooga Fire Department.

It happened Saturday at 7:05 PM in the 5300 block of Hazelwood Avenue, not far off Brainerd Road. Multiple callers reported to 911 that the entire back of the home was engulfed in flames.

Responding units confirmed that they were dealing with a working fire and went about strategically attacking it. As they fought the fire, they also searched the residence. No one was found inside.

With work being done on the house, it was wide open inside which allowed the fire to spread quickly and it progressed into the attic. Crews made a good stop on it and kept the flames from making their way through the entire structure.

There were no injuries. Ladder 13, Squad 13, Engine 15, Ladder 5, Squad 7, Battalion 1, Battalion 2 (Red Shift), CFD Investigations, EPB, CPD and HCEMS responded. East Ridge Fire Department sent personnel to Station 13 for coverage.

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An East Lake family will be receiving assistance from the American Red Cross in the wake of a kitchen fire at their 10th Avenue home.

It happened Wednesday at 12:08 PM in the 4300 block. Engine 9 made it to the scene quickly and found heavy fire coming out of the window on the right side of the house. They made a defensive attack and managed to keep the flames from spreading to a vehicle parked in the driveway.

They got it knocked down and made their way to the front porch to begin an interior attack and search of the residence. There was low visibility due to the smoke but they could feel lots of heat and spotted fire ahead of them. They worked to get it out as they advanced towards the flames. Other crews started ventilation to improve firefighting conditions.

Thankfully, all of the residents made it out safely and there were no injuries. There’s extensive damage inside the structure from fire and smoke, especially in the kitchen area and front portion of the home.

Engine 9, Quint 14, Engine 5, Ladder 5, Squad 1, Battalion 2 and 3 (Green Shift), CPD, HCEMS and EPB responded.

10th ave fire

The Chattanooga Fire Department and Erlanger Health System are working together to put a spotlight on National Burn Awareness Week (February 7-13, 2021).

Sponsored by the American Burn Association (ABA), the theme for this year’s campaign- “Electrical Safety from Amps to Zap!” - was selected to help prevent electrical injuries and deaths.

In 2020, the Chattanooga Fire Department worked 47 structure fires that were caused by electrical issues. Erlanger treated nearly 400 patients for burns in varying severities. More than 370 burn patients came in through the health system’s seven emergency departments.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 44,880 home fires involving electrical failure or malfunction each year in 2012-2016. NPFA also states that home fires involving electrical failure or malfunction caused an estimated average of 440 civilian deaths and 1,250 civilian injuries each year in 2012-2016, as well as an estimated $1.3 billion in direct property damage a year. The National Institute of Health (NIH) reports approximately 1000 deaths per year because of electrical injuries.

Burn prevention efforts can be combined with fire prevention efforts to reduce electrical burns. Here are some important safety tips:

· Check power cords for wear and tear

· Plug appliances into their own outlets

· Buy extension cords that have a UL or other third-party testing lab approval

· Never substitute extension cords for permanent wiring

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Members of the Chattanooga Fire Department successfully rescued a man trapped in a sewer pipe during a complicated operation. It took place on Sunday afternoon off of Gunbarrel Road (2300 block).

A homeless man was attempting to take shelter in the confined space when he realized he was stuck and couldn’t get out and called 911 around 4:30 PM. He complained of leg pain. The patient climbed into the sewer through a small 24-inchpipe, crawled approximately 75-100 feet back and then went through a smaller hole and into a junction vault. He was unable or unwilling to climb back out on his own. Attempts were made to access the vault through other manholes, but they were obstructed.

Multiple entries were made by members of the CFD’s Urban Search and Rescue teams to contact the patient who was in and out of consciousness and a rescue plan was developed. The patient was maneuvered past obstructions and pulled through the 100-foot long, 24-inch wide pipe using special rescue equipment and ropes handled by crews outside.

Two hours later, he was recovered and transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Quint 21, Squad 19, Squad 1,Quint 8, Squad 13, Ladder 7, USAR 1, USAR 2, Battalion 1, Battalion 2,Battalion 3 (Blue Shift), CFD Special Operations, CPD and HCEMS responded.

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