Morning Fire Leaves Family Of 7 Homeless

Friday, January 25, 2013

Fire raced through a Hixson home this morning, leaving a family of seven homeless. Jose Martinez told firefighters that he and his family were asleep when he awoke to the sound of loud “popping” noises. When he went to investigate, he saw that his Lincoln Navigator was on fire in the carport. He got his family safely out of the house and used his daughter’s cell phone to call 911.

The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at 2:39 a.m. and responded to 1227 Gadd Road with five fire companies. When the first firefighters arrived, Captain Chip Kincer with Quint 19 said two vehicles, a carport and a significant portion of the house was on fire. As additional fire companies arrived on the scene, Captain Kincer said his firefighters protected a third vehicle and garage while attacking the fire inside the residence. No injuries were reported.

Battalion Chief Rick Sewell, the incident commander, said the fire in the modular home was difficult to extinguish due to a partial collapse of the roof in the rear. Chief Sewell said it took 45 minutes to an hour to get the blaze under control. The damages are estimated at $62,000 on the house, $20,000 on the contents and $15,000 for two vehicles.

Lt. Henry McElvain with the Fire Investigation Division said three adults and four children lived in the house, which they were leasing with the intent to purchase. Lt. McElvain said the family was Hispanic and there was a language barrier in interviewing them. Fortunately, Firefighter Samuel Gutierrez, who was on the scene with Quint 6, is originally from Mexico and fluent in Spanish, so he served as an interpreter.

Volunteers with the American Red Cross were called in to provide assistance to the family. Lt. McElvain said the fire appears to have started in the carport area, but what exactly sparked the blaze is undetermined.

Chattanooga police and Hamilton County EMS also provided assistance.

 


Bills Passes To Require Online Registry Of People Who Abuse Dogs Or Cats

A bill requiring an online registry of people who abuse dogs or cats passed the Tennessee House of Representatives on Monday.  HB0147, sponsored by Nashville Rep. Darren Jernigan, would create a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation registry of people who are convicted of aggravated cruelty to animals, animal fighting or a criminal offense against animals.  Under ... (click for more)

Louisville, Tn., Woman Gets Lengthy Federal Prison Term For Her Part In Ponzi Scheme

A Louisville, Tn., woman has been sentenced to serve 360 months in federal prison for her part in a scheme at Knoxville's Benchmark Capital.   Joyce Allen, 67, appeared before Judge Thomas A. Varlan. She was immediately taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service following the sentencing hearing.   She was ordered to pay $20,711,371.72 in restitution.  ... (click for more)

Shock Should Be At Low Teacher Salaries - And Response (4)

In a recent article, Commissioner Tim Boyd is quoted as being shocked at the "high" salaries of central office personnel. While I agree that their salaries are significantly more than what a classroom teacher could ever hope to make, I believe that his shock and disgust are misplaced.  Those salaries, when compared to private-sector jobs, are hardly out of line. Superintendent ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Licker’ Gets 55 Counts

In what was described as “a scene from some sick horror movie,” Giles County sheriff’s deputies and animal welfare officers raided the farm of known “Big Licker” Jeffery Alan Mitchell near Pulaski, Tn., last week and confiscated 55 Tennessee Walking Horses, all horribly malnourished and some that were so emaciated they could no longer walk. By Sunday, the horses were receiving medical ... (click for more)

Zach Mercer No-Hits Notre Dame In 1-0 Duel With Alex Darras

Zach Mercer has won some big baseball games during his career as a pitcher for the Chattanooga Christian Chargers, but none have been any bigger than the 1-0 victory over visiting Notre Dame Monday afternoon. And he was almost perfect as only a fourth-inning walk to opposing pitcher Alex Darras and another walk to Quinton Buckman in the seventh kept it from being a perfect game. ... (click for more)

Tyler Duffey Named Southern League Pitcher Of The Week, April 9-19.

Monday, the Southern League announced that Chattanooga Lookouts’ starting pitcher Tyler Duffey has been named its Pitcher of the Week for April 9–19. Over a league-high 13.2 innings, Duffey did not allow a run, while striking out 18 batters (second most). The Houston, Texas native held Southern League hitters to a .130 average (fifth lowest) and posted a miniscule WHIP of 0.59 ... (click for more)