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Demolition sparks fire near rail yard

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

A fire at a demolition project near the rail yard caused some excitement Monday afternoon.

Around 2:30, dispatch received a call of thick, black smoke coming from the area.

The smoke could be seen for miles as the Chattanooga Fire Department answered the call near 3rd Street. 

An official at the DeButts Yard told fire officials, two contract workers with Richard Brown Construction were using cutting torches to demolish a "trouble-shooting shed" .

Apparently sparks from the cutting torches fell into a pit below, which contained a mix of oil, grease and diesel fuel. Flames erupted in the pit,and the air filled with smoke.

When firefighters arrived they found one of the workers was stranded temporarily on top of the shed. He said the wind was pushing the flames away from him, but he was relieved when a coworker got a bucket lift truck to get him down.

Firefighters used foam to put out the flames.  No one was injured, and no other property was damaged.

 

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