Multiple Families Displaced after Fire at Rainbow Creek Apartments

CHATTANOOGA, TN. (WDEF) – More than a dozen people were forced from their homes early this morning when fire broke out in their apartment building.

Flames could be seen shooting from the roof of one of the building at the Rainbow Creek Apartments on Standifer Gap.  The fire began just before 3:00 am Thursday morning.

Courtesy: Bruce Garner / Twitter: @ChattFireDept

The Chattanooga Fire Department responded to Rainbow Creek Apartments with six fire companies. Six additional fire companies were called in upon arrival due to the significant flames and smoke.

Chattanooga police officers assisted the firefighters in making sure the 10-unit apartment building was evacuated. However, on one end of the apartment building, a woman was trapped in her bedroom on the second floor. Firefighter Engineer Pat O’Brien and Senior Firefighter Frederick Brunker raised a ground ladder to the woman’s window and helped her down to safety.

Courtesy: Regina Bailey

Battalion Chief Carlos Hampton said the firefighters conducted primary and secondary searches and no one was found in the building. One firefighter was transported to a local hospital with an injured ankle and was expected to be treated and released.

It took roughly an hour for the firefighters to get the blaze under control. An estimate on the dollar loss was not available, but there was substantial damage to the building and most of the apartment units in it. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Courtesy: Paramedic Chris Harper with Hamilton County EMS

Volunteers with the American Red Cross were called in to provide assistance to the residents displaced by the fire. Chattanooga-Hamilton County Rescue also provided its rehab truck for the firefighters.

Standifer Gap Road was closed for several hours during the firefighting operation, but it was re-opened shortly after 6:00 a.m.