2 Of 9 Pet Dogs Perish In House Fire In East Lake

Thursday, December 19, 2013
Captain Don Bowman, second from the right, talks with Steven Kittle, holding one of his dogs who survived the fire. His home is in the background
Captain Don Bowman, second from the right, talks with Steven Kittle, holding one of his dogs who survived the fire. His home is in the background
- photo by Bruce Garner

Two out of nine dogs perished in a house fire in East Lake Thursday afternoon.

By the time someone called 911 Communications to report a fire at 3708 6th Ave. in East Lake around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Chattanooga firefighters at Station 9 already knew about it. Someone ran up to the station and said there was a fire just a few houses down the street. Engine 9 responded, along with three other fire companies.

Captain David Barie with Engine 9 said smoke was showing on one side of the house. The firefighters forced their way in through the front door, while others entered through a side door, and together they quickly extinguished the blaze. 

Captain Barie said no one appeared to be home at the time, but nine pet dogs were inside. The firefighters managed to save seven of the nine dogs. The residents, including Steven Kittle, arrived shortly after the fire had been extinguished.

The fire damage was contained to two rooms, but the rest of the house was smoked up. An estimate on the loss was not available. Volunteers with the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee were called in to provide assistance to Mr. Kittle and the other two adults who lived there.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Chattanooga Police, EPB, Hamilton County EMS and the McKamey Animal Center also provided valuable assistance on the scene.


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