Tennessee News

Friday, February 23, 2018

Arsonist accused of killing 2 people before burning Memphis apartment complex

The man who police say killed two people before setting an apartment complex on fire is behind bars. Aareon Berryman, 18, faces charges of first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery, aggravated arson, and felony drug possession. Memphis police officers arrived at Clearbrook Village Apartments to assist MLGW with a utility theft complaint. While at the apartment complex, officers were flagged down by a neighbor who said they'd heard gunfire in a neighboring apartment unit. Officers then saw Berryman running away from the scene. The officers and the MLGW worker chased down and caught Berryman, who had two guns, illegal drugs, and a bottle of lighter fluid in his possession.
WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Family loses home to fire in Georgetown

A fire in Georgetown caused a family of nine to lose their home. Tara Bishop and her 5 kids lost their home around 6:00 Thursday morning in Georgetown. Bishop tells NewsChannel 9 her son woke her up saying, "I'm scared", with whole kitchen engulfed in flames. She says her 18-year-old kicked a window out to get her brother out of the burning home. Nothing could be salvaged from the fire. Bishop tells us they need everything from clothes to every day items. Bishop says her family is living next door with their 19-year-old neighbor until they find somewhere else to stay.
WDSI-TV My Fox Chattanooga

Firefighters battle two blazes in two days in Blount County

A fire in an apartment building on Elkmont Circle Wednesday morning caused smoke and fire damage and may have displaced some residents, according to Blount County Fire Department. BCFD was alerted to the fire at 1822 Elkmont Circle, Maryville, at 6:42 a.m. Wednesday, and seven units and 17 firefighters made the scene in minutes, with the first truck arriving at 6:44 a.m. Firefighters had the blaze under control by 6:59 a.m., and left the scene at 8:19 a.m. BCFD Capt. Johnny Leatherwood said that the unit where the blaze began suffered significant fire damage, while three other units in the building suffered smoke damage.
Morristown Citizen Tribune

Fire rips through trailer in Chuckey

Fire late Thursday afternoon gutted a single-wide mobile home behind a house on a property at 210 Chuckey Ruritan Road. Property owner Lisa Willis said the trailer was unoccupied. There were no injuries. The fire apparently started in the center section of the trailer by the main entrance and “began working its way toward both ends,” Tusculum fire Chief Marty Shelton said. The cause remains under investigation. The property the trailer is on is about a half-mile from U.S. 11E. It is off a gravel road near leading to the Chuckey Ruritan baseball field, near other lots with mobile homes.
Morristown Citizen Tribune

Heiskell family says "God woke them up" after escaping house fire

A Heiskell family said "God woke them up" after they safely escaped a house fire overnight, according to Rural Metro. Firefighters responded shortly after midnight Friday to 9518 Depot Road in North Knox County to find heavy flames on the back porch and extending into the attic, Rural Metro spokesman Jeff Bagwell said. The residents were evacuating as fire crews arrived at the scene. The home was equipped with smoke detectors, which operated properly, Bagwell noted. Fire crews brought the flames under control before the fire gutted the ground floor. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Knoxville News-Sentinel

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Chattanooga: Manhole fire sends worker to hospital with minor injuries

A worker is being treated for minor burns and another one suffered minor injuries after a reported manhole fire and explosion at a work site Wednesday morning. The Chattanooga Fire Department says the men were doing maintenance work on a sewer line when they were injured by a flash fire. Both men managed to get out of the manhole and call 911 for help.
WDSI-TV My Fox Chattanooga

Chattanooga Fire Department receives donation for training center

The Chattanooga Fire Department will soon offer firefighters training to practice confined space rescue and recovery. BASF in Chattanooga recently donated a stainless steel tank to the fire department. The tank will be used for training scenarios which closely mimic a real-life confined space emergency. Fire Chief Phil Hyman was present when the tank was delivered to the Fire Training Center on Amnicola Highway. "BASF has always been a great corporate partner over the years for our department," said Hyman. “We really appreciate this important addition to our training center."
WDSI-TV My Fox Chattanooga

Quick response saves Knox County home, cat from fire

A quick response by Rural Metro Fire crews left a Knox County home with only minimal smoke damage. Within five minutes of the call coming in just before 5 a.m., firefighters arrived at a home in the 8000 block fo Emory Road. There they found a family out in their yard and a house full of smoke. While searching for the cause of the smoke, firefighters rescued a "very scared" cat. Firefighters then discovered the smoke was coming from a couch in a spare bedroom that had caught fire. The couch was removed to the front yard and the home ventilated. "This is what a quick response time can do for you," said Jeff Bagwell, with Rural Metro.
WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Morning Pointe residents deliver meals to Franklin first responders

Morning Pointe of Franklin residents have been showing their love to local firefighters, delivering prepared meals to the Franklin Fire Department's Ladder 8 station every month. The seniors at the assisted living and Alzheimer's memory care community help the firemen put out a different kind of fire, ensuring that the workers enjoy a home-cooked meal. Morning Pointe residents and associates thank their local first responders through acts of goodwill as part of the life enrichment and Meaningful Day programs.
Williamson Herald

News 2 gives back to Murfreesboro Fire Department

News 2 Gives back was at Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue today to deliver lunch and say ‘thank you’ for all the hard work they put in. Each week News 2 partners with Nissan of Cool Springs to deliver lunch to the men and women that make our communities safer. The men and women at the station were showing off their 125-year-old firefighting apparatus that was donated to them by Metro Nashville Fire and then restored. That machine will soon have a new home inside a brand new fire station in Murfreesboro. That station will house a special education area for students in the area to learn about the history of the department.
WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

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