Tennessee News

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Gibson County Fire Department receives $580K grant to recruit, keep volunteers

The Gibson County Fire Department says when it comes to fighting fires and saving lives, they need all the help they can get. “Several years ago, we had a house catch on fire down the street from where I lived, and I went up there to try to help them, and that’s how I got my start,” said John Baker, rescue chief for Gibson County Station 9. Baker has been a volunteer firefighter in Gibson County for more than 30 years. “It was my neighbors, and I wanted to help them out,” Baker said. “And I just think that is one of our callings, is to help our neighbors.”

Woman taken to hospital after Chattanooga house fire

Breaking overnight, Chattanooga firefighters are battling a house fire on the 100 block of Centro Street. Channel 3 has been told that there were three people at the home at the time of the fire. One woman was trapped and was pulled out by firefighters. Our crew is told her injuries are severe. Two men were able to escape the fire, and alerted firefighters to the woman still inside the home. With thick smoke and virtually no visibility, firefighters crawled into the home, found two dogs and then located the woman, who was unresponsive but breathing. She was taken to a local hospital for smoke inhalation and possibly other injuries.
WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

Neighbors at odds over possible location of new fire station in Brentwood

Is a spot next to an up-and-coming new subdivision the right place for a new fire station? A public input meeting was held at Brentwood City Hall Monday night as one spot is considered. Some neighbors claim a station so close would give them peace-of-mind. Not everyone thinks it's such a good idea. Land at the corner of Ragsdale Road and Split Log Road in Brentwood has been secured with the possibility of a new fire department going there in three to five years. The property backs up to the Tuscany Hills subdivision.
WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Fire severely damages vacant house in Rogersville

Firefighters from at least three departments and other emergency personnel rushed about 7 a.m. on Sept. 19, to a house fire at the west end of Hill Street just below the US 11W bypass. Smoke pouring from the burning structure was visible for a good distance both east and west on the bypass as commuters made their way to and from work on Tuesday morning. Firefighters at the scene said the white vinyl siding-clad frame house apparently was not occupied at the time the fire was discovered Units of the Rogersville Fire Department, Lakeview Volunteer Fire Department and Striggersville Volunteer Fire Department were on the scene when a Review reporter reached the scene about 7:30 a.m.
Rogersville Review

Brentwood preschool evacuated after roof collapses during storm

Quick, powerful storms pounded much of the Midstate, forcing almost 100 young students and teachers to escape a local preschool. The weight of the water caused the roof to collapse at The Academy of Powell Place above their heads. There were 96 children and staff inside the building when a teacher heard a crumbling noise overhead. “She just knew something wasn’t right, so she quickly got the kids out,” said Brentwood assistant fire chief David Windrow. The preschool has been blocked off because fire crews said there is potential for a second roof collapse. It may be at least a month before kids can return to the building.
WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Chattanooga Firefighters respond to vacant house fire

Chattanooga firefighters responded to a vacant house fire at 3708 3rd Ave. at 8:58 p.m. on Tuesday. Captain Brad Petty with Engine 9 said heavy smoke and some flames were visible coming from the roof. As additional firefighters arrived on the scene, the firefighters got on the roof and used hand-held hoselines to extinguish the fire in the attic. Captain David Thompson Jr. said it took roughly 10 minutes to get the blaze under control. No injuries were reported. Captain Thompson said the fire caused substantial damage to the attic and roof of the house. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Memphis: Fire at Cooper-Young church under investigation

An early-morning fire at a historic Midtown church is under investigation. Fire and police crews surrounded First Congregational Church at 1000 S. Cooper on Sunday morning. Mark Allen, who is married to church pastor Rev. Cheryl Cornish and does maintenance on the building, said a passerby alerted him to the fire about 5:30 a.m. He described the fire as "not minor," though the building was structurally sound. The building sustained $250,000 worth of damage, with $100,000 of damage done to the contents, according to Memphis Fire.

Chattanooga fire engines now equipped with sensory kits

The Chattanooga Fire Department is taking another step to help bridge the gap between first responders and the special needs community. This newest advancement is through special tools to help in the event of an emergency. Each of the city's 26 fire engines now carry special kits to help in emergencies with people who have trouble communicating because of intellectual disabilities. "These trucks are full of things from front to back so it had to be a small kit," Captain Skyler Phillips said. Each truck is now equipped with a green back and manual.
WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

Nashville home destroyed in fire

Crews were able to contain a large house fire in Green Hills on Tuesday morning. A passerby called 911 after spotting the flames while driving by the home on Dorcas Court. According to officials, the roof started collapsing when firefighters tried going inside the house. No one is believed to have been inside the home when the fire started. The house appears to have been undergoing renovations.
WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Roofing business burns in Cleveland

Several fire crews in Bradley County worked hard to contain a fire at a roofing business in Cleveland Monday morning. Bradley County Fire Rescue officials say crews responded just after 7 a.m. to Affordable Roofing on Waterlevel Highway. Arriving firefighters spotted heavy smoke coming from the building. Fire crews tell us the fire was inside the building but glass started breaking out front. As the flames increased, fire trucks, police cars, and an ambulance arrived on the scene to help. Alex Ward is a business owner who is in the same shopping center as Affordable Roofing. He says he went to the other businesses in the shopping center and warned them about the situation right after he saw the smoke.
WTVC-TV ABC 9 Chattanooga

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