Morning Fire Damages House In Hixson

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
- photo by Bruce Garner

Chattanooga firefighters rushed to a reported house fire at 5454 Hixson Pike around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Battalion Chief Jeff Eldridge said smoke and flames were visible toward the back of the structure when the first firefighters arrived. The fire was in a back bedroom and the firefighters were able to contain the fire damage to that room. The rest of the house sustained smoke and water damage.

Chief Eldridge said a man was found sitting in a pickup truck in the front driveway. He appeared to be unresponsive, so paramedics with Hamilton County EMS transported him to Erlanger Medical Center, where his condition would be assessed.

Fire investigators are trying to figure out how the fire started. Lt. Andrew Waters with the Fire Investigation Division said the man, 54, rented the house and was being treated for a medical condition, but it did not appear to be fire-related. The investigation will continue.

The house is apparently being used as a residence and a business. A sign in front of the house says “Psychic Reader.”

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