Chattanooga firefighters say smoke could be seen from Downtown from a fire at a saw mill in Lookout Valley, on Sunday morning.
Around 7:45 a.m. calls began coming into the Hamilton County 911 center about a fire at a saw mill located at 3510 Pan Gap Circle. Upon arrival it was determine that the building was approximately a half a mile off Pan Gap Circle and that driveway was a narrow, gravel road. Firefighters said because it was a secluded area and because of the time of day, the fire had gone unnoticed for some time. Before firefighters made it to the scene the building was already fully engulfed in fire and had collapsed.
Multiple firetrucks responded to the scene, but only two were able to make it down the road to the building and were used to extinguish the fire.
The owner of the building, Rick Lowery, said that the building was used as a saw mill and a general maintenance shop. Two vehicles were destroyed along with a variety of equipment and tools. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported. Damages were estimated to be $185,000.