Fire At Jaycee Towers Knocks Out Power To Entire Building; Shelter Being Set Up For 150 Residents

Monday, March 17, 2014

Chattanooga firefighters rushed to J.C. Towers on W. Martin Luther King Boulevard around 11:30 a.m. on Monday on a reported high rise fire. Battalion Chief Lesley Morgan said firefighters located the fire in a mechanical room on the eighth floor. The firefighters got the fire out in less than 10 minutes, but it generated a lot of smoke, which spread throughout the eighth floor and higher.

The firefighters began to immediately evacuate residents from the eighth floor and above. Chief Morgan called for a second alarm response to bring in additional firefighters to help with the evacuation. Many of the residents had physical disabilities, so the firefighters had to assist or even carry the residents down to the lobby area.

Once it was confirmed that the fire was completely out, the evacuation was stopped and most of the residents were asked to shelter in place. No fire-related injuries were reported, but paramedics with Hamilton County EMS did check out a couple of residents who needed medical attention.

The fire knocked out power to the entire building, and EPB technicians informed the fire department that repairs could take hours and might even stretch into tomorrow before power is fully restored. As a result, Chief Morgan made the decision to evacuate the entire 18-story building, which has approximately 150 residents.

The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga was called upon by the Chattanooga Fire Department and was on the scene, providing emotional and spiritual care. The Salvation Army was providing drinks and snacks at Jaycee Towers and Dogwood Manor.

The Salvation Army was preparing to serve dinner at the South Side Recreation Center at 1151 W 40th Street to evacuees.  

The American Red Cross set up a shelter for 150 residents. It was partnering with the American Red Cross to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the evacuees. It is uncertain how long residents will be displaced, and The Salvation Army was preparing to serve as long as needed. 

The McKamey Animal Center has agreed to take care of any displaced pets.

There were some reports that the emergency lights were not working in some parts of the building. Representatives of the fire marshal’s office will be doing a follow-up investigation on that.

 


Gaines Charged In Assault On Ex-Wife, MLK Boulevard Barber

Eric Lee Gaines has been arrested for an assault on his ex-wife and a well-known MLK Boulevard barber. Gaines, 33, of 2803 Curtis St., was charged with disorderly conduct, domestic assault, assault, burglary of a business, public intoxication and retaliation against an officer. In the incident on Thursday, police were summoned to MLK Boulevard on an intoxicated individual. ... (click for more)

Teen Charged With Stealing TVs, Watches From House That Just Burned

Police have charged 19-year-old Ellis Stevenson with stealing TVs and watches from a house that had just burned. Stevenson, of 4512 Midland Pike, was charged with aggravated burglary, theft of property and vandalism. A juvenile was also arrested. Police said in the incident on Sunday around 11 a.m. that the pair forced their way into the residence on Kemp Drive that had ... (click for more)

Pedestrians Have The Right Of Way - And Response (3)

Often I visit Gold's Gym at Chestnut and 4th Street. I  park in the theater parking lot at Broad and 4th Street.  I depend on the walk signs to get me there safely.  Most days I almost get hit by someone turning left or right coming from the exit ramp off 27 or turning right on 4th street from Chestnut. This happened yesterday as I was almost mowed down by a garbage ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Georgia’s Weak Attacked

The United States Attorney’s Office and our nation’s Justice Department just thrust an unwelcomed spear into the heart of the state of Georgia. And while I am scared to death the same war party is now headed into Tennessee and other states, I wish the DOJ had stopped in Chattanooga for lunch and a quick visit at our Orange Grove Center before filing last Tuesday’s lawsuit against ... (click for more)

Lookouts' Bullpen Failure Leads To Come-From-Behind Win For Suns Sunday

The Lookouts were in control of  Sunday  afternoon's game up until the eighth and ninth inning when the M-Braves scored three runs to beat Chattanooga, 5-4. Chattanooga's offense jumped out to an early lead after being sparked by leadoff hitter Zach Granite. Granite started the home half of the first with a base hit to right field, danced on and off of first base ... (click for more)

Mocs Volleyball Sweeps Chattanooga Classic

The Chattanooga Mocs volleyball team completed their fourth 3-0 sweep of the weekend on Sunday afternoon against California State at Fullerton as part of the Chattanooga Classic – presented by Hampton Inn & Suites - held in Maclellan Gym. The Mocs came out swinging by winning the first set 25-11 and then went on to win 25-18 and 25-17 in sets two and three, respectively. ... (click for more)