3-Year-Old Victim Of E. 36th Street Blaze On Sept. 5 Succumbs To Injuries

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
One of the victims of the Sept. 5 fire on E. 36th Street, a three-year-old child, has passed away from his injuries. 

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this very difficult time. This is a loss for his loved ones, the community and our department," said Chattanooga Fire Chief Phil Hyman. 

The child, his two siblings and his father were taken to the hospital after flames tore through their home. While his father and siblings were treated and released with minor injuries, the three-year-old remained in critical condition and succumbed to complications associated with severe smoke inhalation and oxygen deprivation. 

CFD was called to the scene of the house fire in the 1300 block of E.
36th Street on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 5:47 p.m. 

The blaze appears to have started in the front of the house. 

Two adults in a downstairs apartment got out safely. The family living upstairs escaped with the help of police officers and other Good Samaritans, but the three-year-old boy was trapped in a back bedroom. 

Firefighters said did an initial search and fire suppression looking for the boy. They located him and brought him out. 

"Sadly, he lost his life due to the severity of his injuries," CFD officials said.

"We commend the actions of everyone involved in fighting to save this young child, both at the scene and at the hospital. Sincere condolences to his loved ones," Chief Hyman added. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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