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UPDATE: 2 CFD firefighters injured in morning house fire

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UPDATE: A Hixson man lost the home that belonged to his parents in a fire this morning, his parents recently passed away.

Firefighters spent several hours putting out the blaze, which injured two firefighters. It happened at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday at the corner of Baltusrol and Masters Roads in the Valleybrook subdivision.

Intense flames could be seen through the second story window of the vacant home.

Chattanooga Fire Department Public Information Officer Bruce Garner said first responders were dispatched to a nearby location, but had trouble getting to the home.

"They could see a large plume of smoke so they realized they were given the wrong address by the 911 caller,” Garner said.

Garner said when firefighters arrived the roof had already caved in. Firefighters switched their priority to containing the fire and protecting nearby properties.

“The house was totally engulfed in flames, there was no way the firefighters could've gone inside, there was no point, it was too late,” Garner explained.

The home owner did not want to speak on camera but tells Channel 3 that the house belonged to his parents who recently passed away. He said, he frequently stopped by to check on the home and planned to move in soon.

Neighbors close to the fire evacuated as a precaution. Sheri Schannuth's daughter alerted her family just after the fire broke out.

"Her window was glowing orange. She looked outside and saw police and said the card's house is on fire,” Schannuth said.

Two firefighters received first and second degree burns and were transported to the hospital for treatment. One was released the other was taken to a burn center in Nashville for further assessment.

The Chattanooga Fire department said during the hot summer months they typically send out an additional fire engine to relieve firefighters on scene.

CFD says about 20 firefighters responded to this fire in Hixson.


Neighbors say while its devastating to see a home destroyed in their community, they are glad no one was at home during the fire.


"Just thankful they don't live their anymore, very thankful for what firefighters do because other homes could've been damaged and they stopped all of that,” Schannuth said.

Firefighters spent about four hours putting out hot spots. Garner said the home is a total loss.

Investigators are expected to be back on scene to try and determine what caused this fire.   


PREVIOUS STORY: A house fire early Thursday morning destroyed a home in the Valleybrook Golf and Country Club off Hixson Pike.

When firefighters first arrived, they couldn't find the fire, according to CFD spokesman Bruce Garner.

But as they continued to look around the house on Masters Road, the damage had already been done. 

CFD Lt. Sheets said the house was fully engulfed in flames and the roof was caving in.

Neighbors told firefighters that the elderly couple that lived there for years had died and the house has been vacant for months. 

It took 20 firefighters about 30 minutes to get the fire under control.

Two firefighters were injured working on the fire, receiving first and second degree burns. 

They were transported to Erlanger Medical Center for treatment, but their injuries were not considered to be life-threatening. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

ORIGINAL STORY: Chattanooga firefighters are working to clear the scene of a house fire in the 100 block of Masters Road in Hixson.

There is no word yet on any injuries. The home's owner was not at the home when the fire broke out.

Channel 3 has a crew on scene. Stick with us for the latest details.

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