UPDATE: 3 hospitalized after fire in Chattanooga
Two people were taken to the hospital after a fire on Kirby Avenue in Chattanooga.
Chattanooga firefighters responded to the fire on the 2400 block of Kirby Avenue around 10 a.m. The fire was visible towards the back of the house.
Residents in the front yard told first responders there might still be someone inside the home.
Officers went around the back and found an elderly man standing on the back porch, holding on to a railing. He was apparently too weak to walk down the steps. Firefighters got him to safety.
The fire was located in the kitchen and quickly extinguished.
Two people were taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation. One of the victims has first and second degree burns and will be transported to Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia.
"Fire alarms going off everywhere, smoke was getting thicker and thicker, and I got the back door open, but I liked to passed out before I could get it open," says resident William Cureton who was later taken to the hospital when he complained of breathing problems.
Three people with disabilities lived in the home.
Volunteers with the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee were called in to provide assistance to all of the victims
One of the residents told firefighters that they were cooking something shortly before the fire broke out. Firefighters believe it started in the back bedroom, however. The cause of the fire is under investigation.