Tennessee News

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

2 firefighters treated after fighting Union County blaze

Two firefighters were injured Saturday afternoon in a brush fire on Hensley Hollow Road in the Luttrell area of Union County. Luttrell, Maynardville, and Paulette volunteer fire departments arrived on scene around 4 p.m. Saturday. The resident, Donnie Norris, was having a small brush fire in his backyard, and wind carried the flames to the woods. According to Paulette Fire Chief Daniel Rice, two Paulette firefighters, Ryan Lloyd and Justin Vallone, suffered smoke inhalation and dehydration. They received treatment and are now doing well. The fire caused no damage to Norris's home or surrounding homes. Norris says the fire burned 52 acres of wooded land behind the house.
WBIR-TV Knoxville

Strong storms knock down trees, power lines in Middle Tennessee

Strong storms moved through Middle Tennessee on Monday afternoon, knocking down trees and power lines. The National Weather Service will be sending out a survey team to assess damage in Lewis and Perry counties on Tuesday. The storms were a triple threat - bringing downpours, lightning and winds in excess of 60 mph. Winds snapped a tree from its roots on Hobbs Road in Green Hills, landing on a moving vehicle. It was a close call for the driver, who was not injured. Lightning struck a home on Nevada Avenue, sparking a fire. Several people were inside at the time. They are all OK, but they said they lost a pet. A tree fell down on Fairmont Drive near West End Avenue and 31st Avenue, crushing two vehicles.

Memphis firefighter Instagrams powerful photo of his daughter

When life gives you a beautiful baby and passion for your job, you combine them into the most amazing photo ever! Memphis Fire Department firefighter Elon Spellings posted an adorable picture his daughter, Audrey Lynette, on Instagram. This picture, taken by Jessica Wilhite Photography, is just one of many for Audrey Lynette's photo shoot. Wilhite, who is the wife of a Memphis Police Department officer, said "I take special pride in providing memories for those who serve us and their families." Spellings’ says two of his favorite things in life are his adorable baby and his job. Spellings' wife, Jessica Spellings, says Audrey Lynette was born on St. Patrick's Day and is the youngest of their four children.
WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Update: Man to serve 30 years for Nashville’s Harding Inn fire

A man convicted of aggravated arson last month for a fire at a Nashville hotel was sentenced on Monday. Thirty-one-year-old Antoine Clark will serve 30 years in prison for setting the fire to the Harding Inn in July 2015. Six people were trapped inside a motel room, including a pregnant woman, after Clark stacked mattresses outside the door and set them on fire. All of the people inside the room were rescued by firefighters. “It’s bad enough that they risk their lives fighting accidental fires, but when a fire is intentionally set the perpetrator deserves to spend a significant amount of time in prison,” said Deputy District Attorney Roger Moore. Clark will have to serve 100 percent of his sentence.
WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Monday, March 27, 2017

Woman killed, EMS district chief injured in Joelton crash

Police are investigating a deadly crash on Whites Creek Pike north of Nashville. A Nashville Fire Department vehicle was involved in the crash, which happened near Old Clarksvile Pike around 8 a.m. Monday. The wreck happened in a sharp turn, which is known as Devils Elbow. Stay with Channel 4 and WSMV.com for updates on this story.

Dyersburg Fire Department personnel experience driving simulator

Partnering with the Tennessee Fire Service and Code Enforcement Academy (TFACA), the Dyersburg Fire Department hosted a driving simulator lab for all DFD personnel this past week, Tuesday – Thursday. The Emergency Response Driver Training Simulator (ERDTS) that all DFD personnel experienced. The Emergency Response Driver Training Simulator (ERDTS) created real-world experiences that enabled DFD members to hone their skills within a variety of challenging situations. The training allowed the participants to experience real-world situations without the logistical, legal, and moral ramifications that would automatically be attached to a mistake made on the streets.
Dyersburg State Gazette.com

Plane crash in Alabama kills Jackson family of four

There's grieving across the South Sunday, after a First Tennessee Bank Regional Director from Jackson, Tennessee, and his family were killed Saturday in a plane crash near Hayden, Alabama. The family confirms Joseph and Jennifer Crenshaw, along with their two teen children - 10th grader Jacob and 8th grader Jillian - died after a Cessna 210 went down in a wooded area. Family told Local 24 the four were flying back to Jackson after a spring break vacation at Disney World. "This is hard on all of our guys," West Blount, Alabama Assistant Fire Chief Kyle Ellison said. "No doubt this involving a family and children involved as well, those are always particularly hard calls," Ellison said. All four people on board lost their lives.
WPTY-TV ABC24-CW30-Fox 16 Memphis

Flames engulf old house in Memphis medical district

Enormous flames ripped through a house in the medical district, keeping firefighters busy all Saturday afternoon. The fire gutted the house, which is on Peabody Avenue and East Street. The building is believed to be vacant. Memphis Fire said no one was taken to the hospital. It’s not clear at this time what started the blaze.
WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Chattanooga Firefighters respond to two fires on Mountain Creek Road

A family of five was able to escape a house fire Saturday without serious injuries. Chattanooga Fire Department says around 9 a.m. Saturday they received the alarm for a house fire in the 3500 block of Mountain Creek Road. When officials arrived on the scene, Battalion Chief Chris Willmore said the attached garage to the house was fully engulfed in flames and was spreading rapidly to the house. When additional firefighters arrived, some focused on preventing the fire from spreading to other homes and others tried to put the fire out in the house. Firefighters say it took about 30 minutes to get the fire under control.
WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

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