Massive fire destroys one home, damages another next door in Highland Park

No one was hurt despite the homeowner being inside the primary structure when the fire began

Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) – A sunny, warm afternoon became a nightmare for some homeowners in one Chattanooga neighborhood. News 12 was the first on the scene of a devastating fire in Highland Park.

A massive fire operation in the 1500 block of Chamberlain Avenue Monday. 50 to 60 firefighters on scene and 12 units to help douse a fire that didn’t just take out one house. It took out two.

“When crews were responding, the district that this house was actually in…they reported heavy smoke from the station as they were responding, so the fire was well-advanced before we arrived on scene,” said Chattanooga Fire Department Operations Chief Rick Boatwright.

Crews arrived on the scene at roughly 3:45 this afternoon, and witnesses told me they saw close to 20-foot flames on the front porch before the firefighters could begin working on it. And they worked…and worked…and worked. Witnesses said the homeowner was inside the house when the fire trucks arrived…

Boatwright: “A lot of the interior of the primary house was really compromised. Stairways – we had some major collapse right after we pulled people out of the house.”

The homeowner and her cats weren’t hurt. But the home next door? It was a newly renovated house that will now need more renovations…

Boatwright: “The house next door – the windows had blown out of it – so the fire had transferred into the structure next to it, so we immediately had to call a second alarm, but also three different crews operating inside that structure to get those fires under control.”

Chief Boatwright tells News 12 that the plan for the house is to destroy it before firefighters leave the scene.

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