Firefighter injured in duplex fire

Chattanooga, TN (WDEF)- A Chattanooga firefighter was injured Sunday morning while working to extinguish a duplex fire in the Glenwood community. 

Firefighters received the alarm at 10:30 am and responded to 202 Glenwood Circle with five fire companies. 

Battalion Chief Nate Middlebrooks said most of the "A" side of the duplex was fully engulfed in flames and had broken through the roof when firefighters arrived on the scene. According to the press release, as firefighters made their way inside the duplex with hand-held hoselines to extinguish the fire, a plaster ceiling in one of the bedrooms fell on top of a firefighter, hitting him on the back of the head. 

The firefighters were then ordered out of the building but continued to work defensively against the fire. The fire was controlled within 20 minutes of arrival. 

The injured firefighter, whose name can not be released yet, was taken to Erlanger Medical Center, where he was treated and released. 

The residents, Walter Hurt Jr. and Stephanie Smith, were home when the fire was discovered. Stephanie told firefighters that she was cooking breakfast when she saw smoke coming from the kitchen cabinets and the air conditioning vents. The residents were able to get out safely with no injuries. 

Two cars were badly damaged or destroyed. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation and no estimate dollar loss was available. 

Volunteers with the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee provided assistance to the residents displaced. 


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