Firefighters Rescue Many Occupants From Burning Rustic Village Apartments

Monday, February 18, 2013
- photo by Brent McDonald, NewsChannel 9

Around 20 occupants were rescued by Chattanooga firefighters at the Rustic Village apartments at 510 Central Drive early Monday morning. 

The first calls came in at 3:32 a.m. and when Squad 13 arrived, smoke was showing in the area. Due to the large number of residents who had to be rescued, Lt. Jason Greer called for a second alarm and six additional companies were dispatched. A total of 12 companies were on the scene. 

The main part of the fire involved the steps and it blocked the exit way for most of the second-floor residents. Ground ladders were quickly set up by firefighters to access the residents on the second-floor balconies where many of the residents were forced to retreat due to the smoke. Fire was contained to the hallways and stairwell area. American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist with relocating the residents. Many of them will be out of their apartments until repairs can be made to the structure. There was also smoke damage in the hallways. 

Hamilton County EMS treated at least one of the residents on the scene for breathing difficulties, but none was transported. In all 18 families were displaced.  

Fire investigators were called to the scene and the cause is still under investigation.   

The Fire Department always encourages residents to have two ways out of every occupancy. The ability of residents to retreat to the balcony prevented this from being worse. 


Hardeman County Man Charged In Savannah Homicide

A joint investigation by   special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and officers from several other west Tennessee law enforcement agencies has resulted in the arrest of a Pocahontas man on a charge of first-degree murder. At the request of the office of 24 th  District Attorney General Matt Stowe, TBI special agents joined officers with the Savannah ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: MainX24 Parade

Signal Mountain Couldn't Manage Public Education

I have been reading the buzz about Signal Mountain and other small municipalities considering a move to form their own school district within their municipal boundaries.  It is quite the comedy hour considering the notion that small cities that for decades could not even manage small sewer systems or 911 districts, are somehow going to do a better job with public education ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Among The Worst In U.S.

Bobby Bragan, who was the first manager of Major League Baseball’s Braves when they moved from Milwaukee to Atlanta, had a great view on statistics: “Say you were standing with one foot in the oven and one foot in an ice bucket. According to the percentage people, you should be perfectly comfortable.” I am about to make you uncomfortable with some lousy statistics. Earlier this ... (click for more)

It's Tennessee Vs. Nebraska In The Music City Bowl

 Tennessee has accepted an invitation to play the Nebraska in the Music City Bowl on    Dec. 30   at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. Tickets for the Music City Bowl will be available for purchase in the coming days via AllVols.com. "Our entire program is excited about representing the University of Tennessee at the Music City Bowl," Vols ... (click for more)

UVa Tops Moc Wrestlers, 34-11

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team dropped a 34-11 match to Virginia at Maclellan Gym today.  The Mocs fell behind early and could not overcome a big lead the Cavaliers built on bonus points.  The first three matches did not make it into the third period, with Virginia scoring a technical fall and two pins to go up 17-0.  Freshman ... (click for more)