Explosion Led To Fire At Large House On The Back Side Of Big Ridge

Saturday, May 14, 2016
House at the back side of Big Ridge
House at the back side of Big Ridge
- photo by Capt. Chuck Hartung

A house on the back side of Big Ridge caught fire Sunday morning after the owner said he heard an explosion.

The Chattanooga Fire Department was dispatched to a residential house fire at 1905 Summerbreeze Lane at 9:49 a.m.

Reports coming into Hamilton County 911 were advising that the house was burning down. Squad 19 from Hixson Station 19 arrived on the scene to a two-story house with smoke and flames coming from a basement utility garage at the rear of the house.

Chattanooga Fire Department Stations 16, 22, 6, also were on scene. Battalion Chief Chris Warren called for an additional fire engine from Station 10 due to the size of the structure.

An aggressive fire attack was deployed and the fire was extinguished at 10:14 a.m. The additional fire response from Station 10 was cancelled.

There was fire, smoke and water damage confined to the basement. There were no injuries reported.

The homeowner stated that he heard an explosion that rocked his house, went to the basement and discovered the fire, then called 911.

The Chattanooga Police Department and Hamilton County EMS and EPB were on the scene to assist.

Burned basement
Burned basement
- photo by Capt. Chuck Hartung

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