One Killed in Hixson Duplex Fire

HIXSON, Tenn. (WDEF) — Tragedy strikes one Hixson neighborhood after an early morning duplex fire.

One person is dead, and a family of four is displaced because of the blaze.

Chattanooga firefighters were called to the duplex at 4605 Plaza Hills Lane shortly before 7:30 a.m.

Chattanooga Fire Department worked this fire on Plaza Hills Lane around 7 Friday morning.

A neighbor gave us a video that was recorded by his wife as he ran to get the people out of this burning home.

Robb Mantovani says, “I looked out the window with her and there, sure enough, were about 10-foot flames coming off the roof of the house, I knew that the people across the street… I don’t know anybody here, but I’ve seen the children playing many times. They play in our yard and across the street.”

That thought sent Mantovani across the street to make sure his neighbors got out safely. When he reached the home, the family that lived on one side of the duplex told them their neighbor was still inside.

Mantovani says, “Took a deep breath, held my breath and went in. There was no way you could breathe in there.”

Mantovani says moments after attempting to find the man. Chattanooga Fire crews arrived and rescued the man, handing him off to EMS, where he later died at the hospital.

“I am sorry I couldn’t find him, I really am Ii feel sad that he passed there is nothing else to do, and I trust me All morning I’ve been going over and over in my head could I have done something different but could I have kicked the door down faster but,” says Mantovani.

A family of four was displaced in the fire, and they were heartbroken at the loss.

Virginia says, “We don’t know what to do…we don’t know anything, but we’re blessed. We are so sorry to the family who lost their dad today.”

The fire department says the residents on the other side of the duplex were able to get out safely.

Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control in 30 minutes.

They are investigating what caused the fire.

If you would like to help the family, you can send an email to aworthy@wdef.com or call (423) 598-9048 and we can put you in contact with the families.

The family that was displaced started a GoFundMe to raise money with expenses tied to finding a new home and you can give here.

 

 

 

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