Tennessee News

Friday, December 3, 2021

Soddy-Daisy house fire causes estimated $50K in damages

A Soddy-Daisy family arrived home to find their garage on fire Thursday night, resulting in an estimated $50K in damages. At 8pm, the Hamilton County OEM got a call for a house fire located on Thatcher Road in Soddy-Daisy. Sequoyah Volunteer Fire Department and Soddy Daisy Fire Department responded to the scene reporting heavy smoke showing throughout the house and fire in the kitchen. Firefighters quickly put out the fire. The homeowner explained to fire officials that when he opened the garage door he saw heavy smoke pouring out. He immediately ran into the house to find fire behind the stove in the kitchen. He used a fire extinguisher to knock the fire down but was unable to extinguish it due to the heavy smoke in the house. Sequoyah VFD officials reported the fire appears to have been started by the electrical outlet behind the stove.
WTVC-TV ABC 9 Chattanooga

Commission recognizes Hawkins HAZMAT as an official fire department for grant eligibility

The Hawkins County Commission voted 20-0 last week to allow Hawkins County HAZMAT to apply for recognition as a fire department with the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance. Hawkins County HAZMAT chief John Murnane explained to the commission at its Nov. 22 meeting that acquiring an FDID number makes Hawkins HAZMAT eligible for various grants, and equipment through grants. “We’re still strictly a HAZMAT team,” Murnane said. “It’s not anything that’s going to cost the county anything. It’s just a recognition that the state needs from you guys (on the County Commission) in order to recognize us, to get that fire department I.D. number.” Murnane added, “This resolution shows the state that the county is recognizing us as an emergency response team.”
The Rogersville Review

Downtown dumpster fire draws attention in Chattanooga

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Chattanooga firefighters worked to put out a dumpster fire that got a lot of attention in downtown Chattanooga Thursday morning. This happened a little after 10 a.m. by the Pinnacle Bank Building on Broad Street. The Chattanooga Fire Department says firefighters were able to rapidly put out the blaze, and all that was inside was a lot of construction materials and wood. Right now, there's no word on what caused the fire.
WTVC-TV ABC/FOX 9 Chattanooga

Rural Metro puts out chimney fire in Powell

A family’s home was saved after Rural Metro firefighters were able to extinguish a chimney fire Thursday night in Powell. Rural Metro responded around 9:30 p.m. to the 7800 block of Keswick Road. When they arrived smoke was in the house and coming from the chimney. The family had already evacuated and told firefighters there were flames coming from the fireplace and embers coming down from the chimney top. The fire was extinguished. Rural Metro said no damage occurred inside the residence.
WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Fire breaks out at Burger King near Exit 1 in Clarksville

A fire broke out at the Burger King near Exit 1 of Interstate 24 Thursday afternoon. The fire was reported at about 2:10 p.m. at the restaurant at 3910 Trenton Road. Clarksville Fire Rescue responded and had the fire out by 2:38 p.m., according to Assistant Fire Chief Michael Rios. The fire started in the HVAC unit, he said. Firefighters pulled some ceiling tiles, and by 2:50 they were focused on trying to clear out the smoke. As of 3 p.m., firefighters were still evaluating the damage. The restaurant will be closed until everything can be cleaned up, Rios said.
Clarksville Now

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Fire officials in Nashville looking into cause of apartment fire in Bellevue

An early morning fire at an apartment complex in Bellevue leaves several residents without a home Wednesday night. The fire was first reported late Thursday evening at the Lakes Bellevue Apartments on Erin Lane. According to a Metro Fire spokesperson, the fire appeared to have started on a balcony of a second-floor unit and spread to the unit above. The apartment unit below reportedly sustained serious water damage and other units had similar damage from water and smoke. Fire crews were able to contain the fire to those two units but evacuated a total of seven units as a precaution, according to Metro Fire at the scene. With the evacuations, a total of ten residents are displaced from their homes but no injuries were reported. Metro Fire continues to investigate the cause of the fire.
WSMV-TV NBC 4 Nashville

Fire Museum of Memphis opens new exhibit honoring African American Firefighters

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Twelve men made history in 1955 as the first African Americans firefighters in Memphis. They faced and pushed through poor living conditions and discrimination with being forced in segregated quarters at Fire Station 8 at Mississippi and Crump and the institutional racism due to them being second-class citizens. Wednesday, the Fire Museum of Memphis opened a new exhibit to honor those men along with current and previous African American firefighters. You will find pictures dating back to 1955 as well as other historical significant items that show the journey to fair hiring processes. “We are so excited to be able to showcase this exhibit at the museum. It’s an important part of the history of the city,” states Kimberly Crafton, executive director for the museum.
WATN-TV ABC 24 Memphis

Crews respond to brush fire along Milligan Highway in Blout County

Firefighters responded to a brush fire Wednesday night along a section of Milligan Highway near Happy Valley. Elizabethton Fire Chief Barry Carrier said the fire stretched for about 100 yards next to the highway and burned up a steep hill toward the Tweetsie Trail. Carrier said that as of 7:30 p.m. firefighters had knocked out the worst parts of the fire and were working to extinguish hotspots. No structures were threatened.
WJHL-TV CBS/ABC 11 Johnson City

Fall Branch home suffers significant damage from fire

No injuries were reported after a house caught fire in Fall Branch. Several fire departments responded to 119 Kimberly Lane around 6 p.m. Wednesday. According to the Fall Branch Volunteer Fire Department, no one was hurt but the home suffered significant damage. A fire department spokesperson was unsure of what caused the fire. The Sulphur Springs, Gray, and Sullivan West volunteer fire department also responded.
WJHL-TV CBS/ABC 11 Johnson City

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