Firefighters Battle Hard To Access Trailer Fire Monday Afternoon

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Chattanooga Fire Department was dispatched to 955 O'Grady Dr. at 2:45 p.m. on Monday on multiple reports of a structure fire. A heavy black column of smoke could be seen from Highway 27 as firetrucks from downtown Station 1 responded around the river.

Upon arrival, it was discovered that the fully-engulfed structure was an occupied residence sitting close to a quarter of mile up a partial gravel driveway with approximately 250 feet of elevation. The structure was also surrounded by heavy woods and brush.



Firefighters worked as quickly possible to lay enough hoseline to reach the front, side, and back of the property to keep the fire from spreading to the woods. The fire was contained to the structure despite all the factors. Several sheds, a camper, a vehicle, and a motorcycle were undamaged. 

The owners of the residence were reported by family neighbors to be out of town, but were immediately contacted. One neighbor who initially noticed the smoke and went to check on the situation saw the owner's dog sitting by the front door. The neighbor kicked the door in and the dog escaped the fire.

The owner stated that he did not have homeowner's insurance. The structure itself was determined to be worth approximately $40,000. Contents value was undetermined. The owners stated they would stay with family once they returned.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Fire Investigation Division and is undermined at this time. The Chattanooga Police Department and Hamilton County EMS stood by to assist firefighters. Volunteers with Hamilton County Rescue Rehab Unit also responded to provide water and snacks for the firefighters. 




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