Firefighters Stop Early Morning Commercial Fire

Wednesday, July 09, 2014
- photo by Battalion Chief Rick Boatwright

Chattanooga firefighters were dispatched to a possible commercial fire shortly before 1 a.m. on Wednesday. Six fire companies were sent to A & M Construction Company at 7161 Lee Highway on an automatic fire alarm, with Quint 8 the first to arrive.

After inspecting the building for a few minutes, Captain Dennis Witt with Quint 8 said no smoke or fire could be seen, so he notified 911 Communications to cancel the other five responding companies. However, after a few more minutes on the scene, the firefighters noticed a small amount of smoke beginning to come from the front eves of the building. Seeing that there was potentially a real fire in the building, Captain Witt notified Communications to send the companies that had just been cancelled.

As other fire companies responded, the firefighters with Quint 8 forced their way in through the front door. Battalion Chief Rick Boatwright arrived to take over command. Chief Boatwright said the firefighters located the fire in a work area toward the rear of the structure. The firefighters got the fire out in roughly 10 minutes, containing the blaze to the rear of the structure. No injuries were reported.

The loss from the fire was estimated at $30,000. Chief Boatwright said the damages could have been much worse, if the firefighters had been less observant. “This looked like a typical automatic alarm malfunction,” said Mr. Boatwright, “but the firefighters were thorough in their investigation and eventually noticed the smoke. If they hadn’t noticed the smoke and left, the whole building could have gone up in flames.” The cause of the fire is under investigation.

- Photo2 by Battalion Chief Rick Boatwright

PHOTOS: Swearing In Ceremony At Convention Center

County officials were sworn in during ceremonies Tuesday morning at the Convention Center (click for more)

Woman's Body Found In River Was Latasha Nichols

Family members say the woman's body found in the Hiwassee River was that of 34-year-old Latasha Nichols. She was reported missing last month. The family said DNA testing was conclusive that the body was hers. Family members say they want to know what caused her death. The viewing will be Wednesday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Jim Rush Funeral Homes in Cleveland. The ... (click for more)

Decimating The Chattanooga Public Library - And Response

Corinne Hill claims that the library is just undergoing a normal weeding process for eliminating books.  She has bragged that she's responsible for the elimination of over 100,000 books - with more to go. "Normal" weeding is not rampant throwing away.  Yes, books go to the Friends for their sale - where they get $2 for a $75 book and thousands wind up being recycled ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)

Silverdale Dishes Up 3-1 District 5-A Volleyball Victory

Silverdale Baptist Academy’s volleyball team served up a four-set victory over District 5-A rival Chattanooga Schools for the Arts and Sciences on Tuesday. The Lady Seahawks got a combined 17 service aces from Molly Rumfelt and Caroline Couch and posted a 3-1 win over the Lady Patriots at Silverdale. The set scores were 25-15, 25-18, 22-25, 25-11. Rumfelt, the only senior ... (click for more)

Soddy Daisy Soccer Tops Ooltewah, 5-1

Sophomore midfielder Soni Whalen scored two goals and senior Baylee Burk had a goal and an assist to lead Soddy Daisy to a 5-1 District 5-AAA girls soccer win against host Ooltewah Tuesday night. Carly Pifer and Kelsey Henry also scored for the victorious Trojans. Ooltewah's goal came in the 76th minute by Olivia Tawzer. Soddy Daisy improves to 3-2-1 overall and ... (click for more)