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On Wednesday 9/14/22 at 8:38 PM, Red Shift crews responded to a reported fire on Roxbury Circle off Dayton Boulevard. Engine 22 arrived and firefighters were able to get a quick exterior knockdown. As other companies got on the scene, crews transitioned to an interior attack and they were able to extinguish the remainder of the fire within minutes. Due to smoke and fire damage, the American Red Cross was requested for the family. There were no injuries.

Roxbury Circle fire

The Chattanooga Fire Department responded to a plane crash Tuesday 9/13/22 at 11:35 AM. The single engine plane went down off Jubilee Drive just short of the airport runway at Lovell Field. There were two people on board. There was no fire and there were no serious injuries. Both passengers were out of plane on CFD’s arrival. Squad 13 (Blue Shift) was first on scene and established command. Squad 13 and Squad 7 stabilized the aircraft. A small fuel leak was mitigated and controlled. CFD personnel, HCEMS, CPD and Airport Fire & Police were on the scene.

plane crash no injuries

Chattanooga Fire responded to a commercial fire on Tuesday morning 9/13/22 on North Hickory Street. Blue Shift companies found fire in the dust removal system located outside of the building. All of the employees at Industrial Plating (3007 N Hickory St) had safely evacuated the structure when the call came out at 8:39 AM. Firefighters had the fire out in approximately 15 minutes and then ventilated the building. There were no injuries. Quint 10, Engine 4, Engine 15, Ladder 1, Quint 1, Squad 1, Quint 6, Battalion 1 and Battalion 3 responded, along with several members of the command staff.

N Hickory St commercial fire

“These two individuals showed what true bravery looks like.” Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly, Chief Operating Officer Ryan Ewalt, Fire Chief Phil Hyman, and Police Chief Celeste Murphy acknowledged CFD Operations Chief Rick Boatwright and Mr. Jimmy Franklin for their heroic actions on a recent fire scene. On the morning of August 31, 2022, there was a two-alarm fire at the Rustic Village North Apartments on Sunflower Lane. Chief Boatwright was first on the scene and reported heavy fire coming from the front of the building and started evacuating residents. Mr. Jimmy Franklin, who was staying with his brother at the time, also started knocking on doors and getting families out safely. He aided an injured woman over her balcony so she could get away from the flames. Fire companies arrived and began to attack the fire from the exterior. Firefighters then transitioned to the interior, aggressively attacking flames while also searching the two-story apartment building. Crews remained on scene for hours, checking for hot spots and extinguishing them. Nineteen families were displaced and received assistance from the American Red Cross. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Chief Boatwright was treated at the hospital for smoke inhalation and later released. The woman who sustained burns was airlifted to a burn center for further treatment of her injuries. Sadly, Karen Elaine Russell, 67, passed away from her injuries and our thoughts remain with her loved ones. Many other lives were saved that day because of Mr. Franklin and Chief Boatwright’s actions, and due to the hard work of the Chattanooga fire units and other public safety agencies that responded.

“These men stepped up and ran into a burning building, risking their lives to ensure that every man, woman, and child made it out safely,” Mayor Kelly said during the recognition. “Their acts of bravery are a shining example of the extraordinary ways that Chattanoogans care for each other in times of crisis. Your calm and decisive action on the morning of August 31 saved lives, and it will continue to serve as an inspiration for all of us to live with courage and compassion, no matter the situation. This is a prime example of Chattanooga’s deep sense of compassion and community, so thank you.”

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An alert passerby sounded the alarm on a Chattanooga house fire Wednesday night, notifying 911 that they saw flames coming from the porch. CFD companies were dispatched to the residence in the 400 block of North Hickory Street around 7:50 PM and reported a working house fire. Hoselines were laid on 3rd Street and CPD blocked traffic as an aggressive attack on the fire was launched. The home was searched and all occupants were outside and accounted for. The fire was ruled out at 8:12 PM. The cause is under investigation. There were no injuries. Ladder 5, Engine 5, Engine 4, Squad 1, Engine 15, Quint 1, Battalion 1 and Battalion 2 Green Shift responded. EPB, HCEMS and Chattanooga-Hamilton County Rescue’s Rehab Unit provided assistance on scene.

N Hickory St house fire

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