Two Firefighters Injured in Hixson House Fire
Two Chattanooga firefighters are recovering after receiving first and second degree burns at an early morning house fire and Hixson man loses the home his parents built by hand.
“I just peeped out my window and just to see and the house was just totally in flames…engulfed in flames.”
Neighbors of the Valleybrook subdivision woke up to the smell of smoke and sounds of sirens in the wee morning hours.
When the first firefighters arrived, they didn’t find any fire. They were sent to the wrong location.
They initially responded to a report of fire at the Valleybrook Golf and Country Club, but when they looked towards the sky, they saw a plume of heavy smoke coming from the west.
They then made their way to a vacant Masters Road home.
Crews fought the flames from outside of the house to keep it from spreading to the other homes
20 firefighters battled the blaze for almost 30 minutes.
“The roof was collapsing in on the house. There was no way the firefighters were going to be able to get inside the house safely”, said Public Information Officer Bruce Garner.
Two firefighters were sent to the hospital with first and second degree burns.
A neighbor told News 12 she is shocked and sadden.
“Just shock. I knew that they’d…both of the older couple had died”, said neighbor Sarah Joyce.
The couple who owned the home and built the home both just in the last few months.
They left the house to their son who was expected to move in the next 2 weeks.
One firefighter has been released from Erlanger. The other is being treated at Vanderbilt in Nashville.
Their injuries are non-life threatening.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.