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Man burned in Ooltewah house fire released from burn center

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OOLTEWAH, HAMILTON COUNTY (WRCB)--  The 39-year-old man who was seriously injured in Saturday's house fire at 7852 Old Cleveland Pike has been released from the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia.  He was transported there from Erlanger Medical Center Saturday.  He was identified by relatives on the scene as Darrell Caylor.

Caylor's brother Darrin Jump said he stepped out on the front porch of his home around 10:00 a.m. and saw flames coming from his Caylor's house, which is located roughly 50 yards away. 

As Mr. Jump ran over to the house, he saw his brother stumble out of the burning home and fall to the ground.  He appeared to have burns to his face and hands.  Mr. Jump called 911 and stayed by his brother's side until firefighters arrived.

Both the Chattanooga Fire Department and Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department responded.

Tri-Com firefighters were the first to arrive on the scene.  Battalion Chief Steve Wright said flames were coming from a bedroom window and the front porch was fully engulfed in flames as the first firefighters arrived on the scene.   

Chattanooga firefighters arrived moments later and together, firefighters from both departments got the blaze under control in about 15 minutes.  The fire caused extensive damage to the home.  Chief Wright estimated the dollar loss at $80,000.

The victim was initially transported by Hamilton County EMS to Erlanger Medical Center. In addition to his burns, the victim appeared to be suffering from smoke inhalation.  

Mr. Jump said his brother has severe COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and used oxygen bottles to help him breathe.  He also smoked.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.  Chattanooga police and volunteers with the American Red Cross also provided assistance on the scene. 

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