Woman dies after returning into burning home to save pet bird

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Chattanooga Fire officials now say that a woman who initially escaped a fire this morning,, went back in and did not survive.

The fire began in one home on Jarnigan Avenue in north Chattanooga round 6:30 AM and then was driven by the wind to the house next door.

The first home had just been built and was not occupied yet.

The 68 year old woman who lived next door was able to escape her home after being alerted by neighbors.

But firefighters couldn’t find her later and feared she went back into the house to rescue her pet bird.

Once they got the flames out, they brought in heavy machinery to remove parts of the burned out hom.

They found the woman’s body inside.

Fire officials say “Our thoughts are with the woman’s family, friends and neighbors following the tragic chain of events. Chattanooga Fire officials stress the importance of “Get Out, Stay Out” during a fire and urge citizens to never go back into a burning structure as they can quickly become disoriented and overwhelmed by smoke and heat.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Chattanooga firefighters battled two more blazes this morning, one in Hixson and one in Brainerd.

The Hixson fire on Ashley Forest Drive was a rekindle from a fire the day before. On Friday, fire crews had trouble when the nearest fire hydrant froze.  They had to use another nearby hydrant.

Later in the morning, a mobile home burned on Daylong Place in Brainerd.

Families at both fires were put out of their homes before Christmas.


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