Chattanooga Officers credited with saving woman from house fire

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Chattanooga Police Officer credited with saving woman from house fire on Hardy Street.

Fire Officials say around 3:50 pm three Chattanooga Police Officers were told by a passerby that a nearby home was on fire.

The Chattanooga Fire Department were already heading to the fire in response to an automatic fire alarm.

Officers Dobb, Day and Seech say when they arrived on scene, they found smoke and flames coming from one of the bedroom windows of the house.

Neighbors told police that someone was in the house. The officers opened the front door, ducked through the thick black smoke and found Ernestine Miller.

Miller was struggling to get out of the deadly smoke. Officials say the officers quickly grabbed the 79-year-old lady and pulled her out into the front yard.

Shortly afterward Chattanooga Fire Department units began arriving on the scene along with units from Hamilton County EMS.

The fire was extinguished in less than 10 minutes.

Ms. Miller was treated and transported to a local hospital for precautionary measures.

According to Captain David Brooks, the incident commander, the fire appeared to have started in the front bedroom.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

The Red Cross will be assisting Ms. Miller and her family while their home is being repaired.

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