Thomas Shirley Arrested On Multiple Charges In Connection With Apartment Fire In East Ridge

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


East Ridge Fire/Arson investigators have arrested 21-year-old Thomas Shirley, of East Ridge, in connection with Tuesday morning’s apartment fire at the Spring Creek Garden Apartments at 950 Spring Creek Road. Shirley was transported to the Hamilton County Jail where he was charged with aggravated arson, attempted murder, and reckless endangerment.

Shirley has also been charged in connection to an auto theft which also occurred Tuesday morning at the same apartments at 950 Spring Creek Road which ended when he crashed the vehicle into a building at the intersection of Shallowford Road and Standifer Gap Road.

East Ridge Fire/Rescue and Police responded on Tuesday, at approximately 1:24 a.m., in reference to an apartment fire. The first units reported a working fire in apartment 122 and heavy smoke on the first and second floor. The battalion chief requested a recall of all off duty firefighters as well as a mutual aid engine from Catoosa County Fire/Rescue for additional manpower.


Occupants were found to be trapped on the second floor due to heavy smoke in the hallway. Fire crews searched and evacuated all the rooms on both the first and second floor to ensure everyone was safe and accounted for. Firefighters also initiated an aggressive interior attack and were able to quickly contain the fire to apartment 122.

East Ridge Fire/Arson investigators and police conducted an investigation and determined the fire to be suspicious in nature.

Units that responded included East Ridge Squad 1, Squad 2, Engine 1, Engine 2, Quint 1, Support 1, Rescue 1, Catoosa County Engine 7 and Angel EMS. 


Morning Fire Displaces Family Of 3 On W. 45th Street

A mother and her two adult sons will have to find another place to live after fire raced through their home at 510 W. 45th Street early Wednesday morning. One of her sons woke up shortly before  4 a.m.  and discovered the house was on fire. He told firefighters that he woke up his brother and both got out of the house uninjured. They did not have their phones with them, ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ALLEN, DEMETRIUS JAY  732 W 12TH ST CT CHATTANOOGA, 37402  Age at Arrest: 23 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga THEFT OVER 500 CRIMINAL TRESPASSING --- ALLEN, DONNA LYNN  1807 LAKEWOOD AVENUE SODDY DAISY, 37379  Age at Arrest: 37 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Downtown Needs Cleaned Up

My son and I parked on Broad Street and walked to the Billiard Club on Cherry Street this past weekend. It's probably a total of two blocks. In that short walk we passed where Rone Regency used to be on 6th Street and in that doorway was about a years worth of human feces and urine covering the doors and walls. The concrete sidewalk on the street is all broken up and the metal ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: 40 Questions About ‘Blue Bags’

No. 1 – Did you know that one in every five of the 42,000 children in the Hamilton County school district is what the experts call “food deprived?” No. 2 – Can you get your arms around the fact that a huge percentage of those 8,400 children get little, if nothing, to eat from Friday at lunch until they return to our schools on Monday? No. 3 -- Did you know that you – just ... (click for more)

Unbeaten Baylor Volleyballers Roll Past Soddy Daisy

The 2016 high school volleyball season is only 10 days old, but the Baylor Lady Red Raiders are already playing in mid-season form. Fresh off a strong weekend where they beat perennial state power Brentwood twice en route to winning the prestigious Early Bird Tournament in Knoxville, the Lady Raiders continued that consistent strong play on Wednesday evening as they made short ... (click for more)

Nine Headed To East Ridge Hall Of Fame On Sept. 9

East Ridge will induct nine people into its Hall of Fame at halftime of the Central-East Ridge football game on Sept. 9. The 2016 inductees: 1.  DAVID COPELAND - 1964-1967. Played football and track for three years. Captain of both sports. Earned a football scholarship to the University of Tennessee. 2.  CARLENE ELLIOTT RYON - 1964-1967. Played basketball ... (click for more)