New details on last weekend’s fatal fire in Lookout Valley

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Chattanooga fire officials have released the name of the victim who died Sunday at a home on Judys Lane in Lookout Valley.

He was 72 year old Charles Vaughn.

Witnesses say he was in the attached garage working on a lawnmower when the fire started.

His wife and daughter were in the house.

Off-duty firefighter Captain Steve Everett, assisted by other neighbors, rescued the woman from the burning home.

She suffered burns and smoke inhalation.

The daughter was treated for smoke inhalation, but was not otherwise hurt.

Vaughn made it into the house, but never made it out.

The cause of the fire has been ruled accidental, but the exact cause has not been determined.

This is the fourth fire related fatality in Chattanooga in 2017.

* In the photo: While firefighters work to get the blaze under control, off-duty Captain Steve Everett (in overalls, right front), Chattanooga firefighters, and some of the neighbors involved in the rescue help carry the victim’s wife on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance. — Photo by Captain David Thompson Jr.

Here is our interview Monday with Captain Everett.

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