3 Firefighters Injured In Structure Fire Monday Morning; 1 Sent On To Vanderbilt Burn Unit

Monday, October 07, 2013
- photo by Bruce Garner

Three Chattanooga firefighters were treated for their burns and released from Erlanger Medical Center after receiving injuries in a structure fire Monday morning.

One of the three Chattanooga firefighters later went on to the burn unit at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville to receive follow-up care. 

The names of the firefighters are being withheld for now.

Just minutes after participating in a memorial service at the Fireman’s Fountain to kick off Fire Prevention Week, Chattanooga firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire at 2813 4th Ave. on Monday at 10:44 a.m. 

The first firefighters to arrived and saw smoke and flames on the backside of the structure. They were told that someone might still be inside the house, which was split up into a residence on one side and a business on the other.

Captain Michael Wright, the incident commander, said the firefighters quickly made their way inside to search for victims. They did not find anyone inside, but while they were looking, it is believed they experienced a flashover. 

A flashover occurs when all of the combustible materials in a room or an enclosed space reach their ignition temperatures at the same time. It is not unlike an explosion and the temperatures in the room jump to 1,000 degrees or more. With those extreme temperatures, even the firefighter’s protective gear can fail. That may be what happened with this fire. 

The three firefighters sustained burns to their head, neck, arms and hands, and they were transported by Hamilton County EMS to Erlanger Medical Center. A paramedic said their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. 

The flames had spread into the attic before firefighters could get the blaze under control, but they were able to save a good portion of the structure. An estimate on the dollar loss was not available. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Chattanooga police and EPB also provided valuable assistance.

Click here to watch video.

- Photo2 by Bruce Garner

Nicole Gwyn Named Clerk To City Council

In a shakeup at the City Council office, Nicole Gwyn has moved up to clerk to the council from deputy clerk. City Council Chairman Chip Henderson said her salary level will be worked out later. Thomas Tansil, who is an attorney whose license is inactive, was chosen for legislative and management analyst. Keren Campbell will be council support specialist. Kristen Booker ... (click for more)

Meigs County Chancery Court Clerk And Master Timothy Proffitt Arrested For Criminal Simulation

Special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained an indictment for Timothy Proffitt, Meigs County Chancery Court clerk and master, who is charged with falsifying a hotel receipt. At the request of 9 th  District Attorney General Russell Johnson, agents began investigating Proffitt on Oct. 30. During the course of the investigation, agents determined ... (click for more)

Chattanooga State Faculty Has No Business Being Involved In Hiring Decisions

This letter will hopefully bring some clarity to the recent situation created by the faculty of Chattanooga State Community College. It is based upon my tenure as a member of the faculty at Chattanooga State Technical Institute, the transformation to Chattanooga State Community College, and my service as the financial and administrative officer at Chattanooga State until my retirement ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Thanksgiving Conversations

I am not predicting this will happen but I have known it to occur – in the middle of the Thanksgiving feast there will come a lull in the conversation and you can save the day if you’ll immediately look at the person to your right and ask, “What is the smartest thing you ever heard somebody say?” It is an easy thing, because we all love wisdom, and the ploy comes to mind because ... (click for more)

Vols' Jones: Vanderbilt Will Present Various Challenges

Tennessee football coach and selected players met with the media Monday during the Vols’ weekly press conference at Neyland Stadium. The coach and players – linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin and defensive back Cameron Sutton discussed last week’s loss to Missouri and the upcoming Southeastern Conference finale against rival Vanderbilt in Nashville. The Vols 5-6, 2-5 SEC) ... (click for more)

Ooltewah's Toser, Turner Set For TACA All-Stars

Ooltewah place-kicker Laszlo Toser and cheerleader Haley Turner, both seniors, will participate in the 2014 East-West All-Star football game at Tennessee Tech University on Dec. 12. Toser, the Owls’ record-setting kicker who is a Mr. Football finalist, will report on Tuesday night for practices leading up to the eighth annual game promoted by the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association. ... (click for more)