UPDATE: CFD firefighter released from hospital after being hurt in house fire
The homeowner told firefighters that he was burning weeds with a torch around a playground in his backyard, when rubber mulch covering the ground caught fire.
UPDATE: Chattanooga Fire Department spokesman, Bruce Garner says, The firefighter that was hurt battling a Saturday house fire was released from the hospital on Sunday. Garner said the firefighter is expected to be off work a few days to recover from his injuries.
PREVIOUS STORY: A Chattanooga Fire Department firefighter is recovering in the hospital from injuries he sustained during a Saturday afternoon house fire.
Chattanooga firefighters responded to a fire at 2638 Churchill Downs Circle, Saturday afternoon. The homeowner told firefighters that he was burning weeds with a torch around a playground in his backyard, when rubber mulch covering the ground caught fire. The fire burned up the play area and headed towards the house.
Firefighters say the flames were melting the siding on the house and threatened to catch the exterior wall on fire. The firefighters put the fire out quickly, limiting the damage to the siding on the house.
Battalion Chief, Rick Boatwright said one firefighter was injured when he climbed up into the attic to make sure the fire didn't get inside of the house. As he was getting ready to climb down the ladder, the attic ladder collapsed and the firefighter fell to the floor. The firefighter was transported to Erlanger East where his condition would be assessed. CFD says his injuries are non-life threatening.
The dollar loss from the fire is $5000. The cause has been ruled accidental.