UPDATE: Follow-up investigation reveals no fire at Moccasin Bend Wednesday, patient facing charges
UPDATE: The Chattanooga Fire Department now says there was no fire at Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute Wednesday.
"The fire investigator said a patient intentionally broke off a sprinkler head in his room, which also activated the fire alarm," a Chattanooga Fire Department spokesperson said.
The odor from the oily water from the sprinkler system had a scent similar to what someone might smell after a fire, the spokesperson added.
The patient's room was damaged by the water from the sprinkler system.
There were no injuries, but the fire investigator said the patient will be charged with making a false report and vandalism.
PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga firefighters are investigating a reported fire at Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute on Wednesday.
The fire was reported shortly after 5:00 p.m.
Fire department spokesperson Bruce Garner says the sprinkler system extinguished the flames before fire crews arrived at the scene.
Garner says the fire started in a patient's room.
No injuries have been reported.
Garner says the incident caused more water damage to the facility than fire damage.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Channel 3 has a crew that is working to learn more.
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