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The American Red Cross is assisting two adults following a fire at their home on Monday morning.

CFD was called to a house in the 5000 block of Eller Road (not far off Highway 58) at 9:17 AM.

Quint 6 was first on the scene and found light smoke coming from the roof of the structure.

An interior search was conducted and crews located fire in the basement. It was extinguished in ten minutes.

Quint 6, Squad 7, Quint 10, Quint 8, Engine 4, Battalion 1 and Battalion 2 (Red Shift), EPB, Red Cross and Hamilton County EMS responded.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Eller Road house fire

Squad 19 and Engine 22 (Blue Shift) responded to a car in a ditch on Grubb Road with the driver trapped at 8 AM Sunday.

Upon arrival, Squad 19 reported the car was upside down and partially submerged.

The driver was able to move inside the vehicle and keep their head out of the water.

Firefighters were able to quickly remove the door and help the driver out of the car. There were no significant injuries.

grubb road extrication

The Chattanooga Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA)- the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years- to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign: “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” The campaign works to educate everyone about the simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials. Scald burns are the second leading cause of all burn injuries. Hot liquids from coffee and even microwaved soup can cause devastating injuries.

“We know cooking fires can be prevented,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of outreach and advocacy. “Staying in the kitchen, using a timer, and avoiding distractions such as electronics or TV are steps everyone can take to keep families safe in their homes.”

The Chattanooga Fire Department encourages all residents to embrace the 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme.

“Serving up fire safety in the kitchen is the most important step you should take before making a meal,” said Chattanooga Fire Marshal William Matlock. “A cooking fire can grow quickly. We have seen many homes damaged and people injured by fires that could easily have been prevented.”

CFD wants to share safety tips to keep you from having a cooking fire:

  • Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling. If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting or broiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while the food is cooking and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • You have to be alert while cooking. You won’t be alert if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs or consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy.
  • Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you’re cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame. Turn off the burner and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.
  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove and areas were hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

The Chattanooga Fire Department has created a PSA to support this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign. To learn more about how you can “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen,” go to the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Namxn_X0Ig&feature=youtu.be

For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and cooking fire safety, visit www.fpw.org.


Station 21 had a visit from a special guest, nine-year old Liam Boyd. Earlier this month, Quint 21 (Green shift), along with Chief William Andrews, responded to Liam’s home. He was getting ready for a virtual school day when he suddenly started laboring for breath and went into cardiac arrest. Chief Andrews heard the call on the radio on his way to work and joined the crew to help. They were able to revive the little boy and after spending time in the hospital, he returned home and he is doing great after his medical crisis. Liam and his family thanked everyone for what they did to save his life.

“It was great to see Liam and visit with him. It meant a lot to us to catch up with him and see how remarkable his recovery has been. We wish him all the best,” said Senior Firefighter Sean Mayfield.

station 21 visit 4

The Chattanooga Fire Department responded to a residential fire Wednesday morning on General Thomas Boulevard.

The call came in at 7:40 AM with reports of smoke coming from the attic of a home in the 4800 block.

Engine 9 was first on the scene and found a working house fire with heavy smoke.

A search was conducted as firefighting operations were initiated. All of the residents were outside and safe.

Crews continued working until the fire was out. There were no injuries. The cause is under investigation.

Engine 9, Quint 14, Ladder 1, Quint 1, Squad 1, Squad 13 and Battalion 1 responded, along with EPB and HCEMS.

General Thomas Blvd fire

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