Two Critically Injured in Chattanooga House Fire

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) – Thick, black, suffocating smoke made it hard for Brandon Nolan to pull his neighbor out of a burning home on Houser Street.

Nolan adds, "When you went to grab the guy, his face was burnt. You were more or less grabbing at skin, and it was pulling away from it."

Nolan says he tried three times, but couldn’t pull his neighbor through the open window.

Nolan adds, "He was just so big."

Nolan heard the man’s wife screaming behind him.

But, yet again, he says there was nothing he could do.

Chattanooga fire fighters had to suit up and go in.

They pulled the couple out and gave CPR to the woman because she was not breathing.

Bruce Garner with the Chattanooga Fire Department, says, "They appeared to have some burns and definite smoke inhalation. We’re pretty sure they’re in pretty bad shape, but we’re hoping they’ll pull through."

Less than 24 hours before Thanksgiving, Judy Sanders is thankful the couple’s three children made it out, and were smart enough to run to their grandmother’s home.

Sanders’ adds, "I think Mark was in shock because he didn’t say anything and the girls were just crying."

Two of those children were transported to Children’s Hospital at Erlanger with minor burns and smoke inhalation.

Sanders’ says, "They’re very upset."

Neighbors tell us paper was left on a heater, and that caused the blaze.

However, fire investigators could not confirm that.

Sanders’ adds, "I just be praying for them. It’s a sad situation."

The victims were expected to be flown to the burn unit at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

The house was a total loss.

This is the second major house fire in three days.

On Monday, a 25-year-old woman died in a house fire on Highland Way.

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