Firefighters Battle Commercial Fire Off Amnicola Highway Thursday Night

Friday, January 11, 2013

Chattanooga firefighters rushed to a reported commercial fire at Zeco, Inc. at 4146 S. Creek Road shortly after 9 p.m. on Thursday. Reports of a large fire off Amnicola Highway were being called in to the 911 Communications Center as fire companies responded to the scene. 

The first firefighters on the scene came from Station 10 on Wisdom Street. Captain Chip O’Dell said the whole backside of the large building was engulfed in flames. A chain-link fence initially kept the firefighters from getting close to the building, but Captain O’Dell said they gained access after cutting a lock off a fence gate.

As other fire companies arrived on the scene, Quint 10 raised its aerial to get a master stream of water hitting the flames on the backside of the building. Other firefighters had to use a K-12 metal cutting power saw to get into the building. Once that was accomplished, the firefighters took in hand-held hoselines to make an interior attack on the fire. Battalion Chief Rick Sewell said it took firefighters from eight fire companies roughly 45 minutes to get the blaze under control. No injuries were reported.

Lt. Henry McElvain with the Fire Investigation Division said the business was closed for the night and no employees were thought to be there when the fire broke out. An estimate on the dollar loss was not available, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.


Howard Band Director Returns To Job After Serving 7-Day Unpaid Suspension

The Howard School band director has been reinstated after serving a seven-day suspension without pay. County school officials said Dexter Bell admitted that he refused to meet with principal Zacery Brown as he was directed. He said he would not refuse to cooperate with the principal in the future. Some students and parents had protested after the band director was ... (click for more)

County Jail Employee Charged With Stealing Drugs From Local Hospitals

An employee of the Hamilton County Jail has been charged with stealing medicine from local hospitals. Police said Ryan Epperson was wearing hospital scrubs when he was caught in a secure area on Wednesday by a Walden Security guard at Erlanger Hospital. In his pockets were found a crushed bottle of Demerol and a syringe filled with fentanyl. A search of his vehicle turned ... (click for more)

The Truth About The Rising Costs To East Ridge On The Fire Hall Property

Re:East Ridge Has To Pay Unexpected $428,000 On Bass Pro Shop Deal   H ere is the truth about this article.    One section of the article says: " Unknown to anybody on the council today, the agreement limited use of the land to a fire hall."     In a letter dated Dec. 15, 2010, Mayor Lambert asked TDOT officials to ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: I Know About Dowries

There is a lawyer in Kenya who wants to meet President Barack Obama very badly. He knows the President will visit Kenya in July and the noble, young lawyer, Felix Kiprono, is very sincere when he says he wants to marry the oldest of the Obama daughters, 16-year-old Malia. He became interested in Malia in 2008 and can proudly say he has dated no other women since then, it has just ... (click for more)

Harris Leaves Tyner For Administrative Job At Dalewood Middle

Long-time Tyner Academy boys basketball coach Gerald Harris has resigned his coaching position to accept a job as assistant principal at Dalewood Middle School. Harris, 49, was offered and accepted the administration job last Friday and met with last year’s team on Tuesday to break the news to his players. “I’ve been coaching a long time and I’ve said goodbye before,” Harris ... (click for more)

Atlanta Silverbacks Dodge Chattanooga Upset In Overtime

The Chattanooga Football Club was minutes away from a 1-0 upset of visiting Atlanta Silverbacks in the third round of the US Open Cup. After battling for 87 minutes of scoreless soccer, the Chattanooga team representing the NPSL scored the potential game winner when Luke Winter finished off a cross from John Finlay. Minutes later, a foul in the box by CFC led to a Atlanta ... (click for more)