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The Chattanooga Fire Department and other local public safety agencies are doing what they can to help a fellow first responder and his family. Battalion Chief David Thompson Jr.’s daughter, Makayla, 22, has special needs. Her family is attempting to buy a van for Makayla, who has been in a wheelchair her whole life.

David and his family have always had to make transportation arrangements with a manual wheelchair, instead of her electric wheelchair, which increases her mobility. When the family is able to get a van for her, she will be able to go everywhere with her electric wheelchair and have the independence to drive herself to stores, parks, medical appointments and other places. It has special modifications for her wheelchair to be rolled in and locked down.

The following link is the GoFundMe page for Makayla’s dream car: http://gofundme.com/makaylas-dream-car.

There will also be a BBQ sale open to the public with 100% of the proceeds going to help with the purchase of the van. It will be on Saturday, November 14th from 11 AM to 6 PM at 6216 Perimeter Drive. BBQ will also be sold by-the-pound. It is preferred for people to pre-order plates and by-the-pound meat by Thursday, November 12th, as quantities will be limited the day of.

You can get pulled BBQ pork or chicken sandwiches with coleslaw, chips, cookies and a water for $10 per plate. Meat is also available by the pound (pork or chicken) for $10 per pound. Everyone involved in the BBQ sale will be practicing social distancing and following CDC guidelines. All plates of meat will be delivered to vehicles by volunteers wearing masks and gloves. Please wear a mask and stay in your vehicle when picking up food. Again, it’s strongly recommended that you preorder food. Preorders can be sent to: Kaylasvan2020@gmail.com.

If you are able to take part in this fundraising effort, it will help the Thompson family reach this great goal! It’s an opportunity for Makayla to experience life in a little better way. Thanks in advance!


Chattanooga firefighters made a quick attack on a house fire Friday night that left a resident with burns and killed several pets.

Units were called to 2011 Camden Street at 6:50 PM after a passerby reported seeing fire in a window.

When crews arrived on the scene, flames had spread to half the home and it was fully involved with heavy fire coming from the front of the residence.

Everyone was out of the house except for the pets.

Firefighters tackled the fire from the exterior and eventually, they were able to make entry on the side of the home. They worked to get the fire under control and focused on hot spots until everything was fully extinguished.

One of the residents suffered second degree burns to their left foot and was transported to the hospital for treatment. Unfortunately, three dogs and one cat perished in the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Engine 4, Engine 5, Ladder 5, Quint 10, Squad 1, Battalion 1, Battalion 3 (Red Shift), HCEMS, EPB and CPD, CFD Supply, CFD Investigations Division and McKamey Animal Center responded. McKamey assisted with recovery of the animals.

Camden St house fire

The Chattanooga Fire Department battled a deadly second alarm house fire on Wilcox Boulevard for more than eight hours on Sunday.

A passerby called it in at 4:42 AM and reported seeing flames coming from the home in the 3400 block, located near the intersection of Wilcox Boulevard and Tunnel Boulevard.

When firefighters arrived on scene, heavy fire was coming from the back of the structure.

They tried to do a search, but fire conditions worsened so everyone was pulled out of the house for safety reasons and operations shifted to a defensive attack.

A second search was attempted but again, things were too dangerous so crews were removed from the interior.

The entire back side of the house was consumed with flames and the fire ran across the second floor.

One resident and two dogs escaped safely, but another resident was trapped inside and unaccounted for.

Sadly, the missing resident’s body was eventually located in his bedroom. Their identity is not being released at this time. CFD offers sincere condolences to victim’s family.

The house was unsafe to enter due to the structure being weakened by fire and water from fire trucks. 

Engine 15, Engine 4, Squad and Ladder 13, Quint 8, Squad 7, Engine and Ladder 5, Quint 10, Battalion 1, Battalion 2, Battalion 3 (Blue shift), Rehab, HCEMS, CPD and EPB responded. Green shift crews took over the scene at shift change.

The home is considered a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Officials believe it started near the back of the house.

Mutual Aid provided fire coverage while our crews were on Wilcox Blvd. The American Red Cross is assisting the resident who escaped the blaze.

Our firefighters helped the surviving fire victim to safely go through rubble to get family heirlooms and other personal items before the structure was knocked down due to all of the damage. It allowed crews to make sure everything was fully extinguished, including hot spots.

Wilcox fatal fire

A second alarm fire at the Golden Gateway Apartments in Chattanooga is believed to be connected to cooking.

It happened at 11:24 PM Friday. CFD was called to one of the apartment buildings on Grove Street.

Quint 1 saw heavy smoke coming from the front of one of the bottom units when they pulled up and fire showing from the rear.

A second alarm was called due to possible entrapment.

Firefighters made an interior attack and conducted a primary search and found that the resident had already exited the structure prior to our arrival.

Units went to work getting the fire out in the apartment of origin. All other units in the building were searched and they were all clear.

Four apartments in the building sustained damage. The other four units were not impacted.

Fire officials on the scene determined that it was a cooking fire. One firefighter was treated for burns on his ear.

Quint 1, Squad 1, Ladder 1, Engine 5, Ladder 5, Quint 14, Battalion 1, Battalion 2 (Green Shift), CPD, HCEMS, EPB, and Chattanooga Hamilton County Rehab were on the scene.

Squad 20, Quint 3, Quint 17 and Engine 12 also responded.

The Red Cross is providing assistance to those impacted by the fire.

We appreciate the support of Mutual Aid to provide fire coverage while our crews were on the scene.

grove st fire

An efficient response by CFD resulted in crews being able to quickly get an early morning house fire under control.

It happened at 1:15 AM Thursday in the 4800 block of Rogers Road off of North Moore Road.

Quint 13 was first on the scene and reported a working residential structure fire. Flames were coming out of a window under the car port.

Quint 13 made a transitional attack from the exterior window to knock the fire down and then moved to the interior to extinguish the remainder of the fire and conduct a primary search.

All responding personnel rotated through to assist with overhaul operations by pulling the ceiling and walls to check for fire extension.

Command declared “Loss Stopped” at 1:30 AM and “Fire Under Control” at 1:38 AM.

Thankfully, all of the residents had safely escaped the burning home before firefighters arrived.

Engine 15, Engine 5, Ladder 5, Quint 13, Squad 13, Battalion 2 (Red Shift), CPD, HCEMS and EPB were on the scene.

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

Rogers Road fire

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