UPDATE: A house on E. 36th Street sits empty, almost two weeks after it caught fire. Four people were taken to the hospital, including a father and three children. 

The father and two of his children were already out of the house when first responders arrived, but a three-year-old was still inside. 

Neighbor Robert Austin watched efforts by two men who tried to save those inside. One of the men banged a rock against the window. 

"Finally got the dad to open the window and he fell out, and he was carrying a little baby, about a month or so old," said Austin. 

Another man jumped through a window to get in the home.  

"That man made one step on that window sill and then was in that house. He grabbed a little baby, a blonde-headed baby and put him outside," said Austin. 

The toddler was initially rescued by first responders but passed away a week later.

"They did pull a child out, a three-year-old child, and unfortunately that child has succumbed to the injuries sustained from smoke inhalation," said Chief Phil Hyman.

Chattanooga Fire Department Chief Phil Hyman said any loss of life is sad, but children are particularly difficult.

"It really sends chills up and down our spine when we have children involved in something like this. It's really heavy on our hearts when things like that happen," said Hyman.

He said his firefighters sacrificed everything to rescue everyone inside.

"They take it extremely hard. The stuff that they have to see is not something that they can unsee," said Hyman. "It's heartbreaking because I watch those little kids out here playing," said Austin.

According to an obituary by our partners at the Times Free Press, the child has been identified as Landon Thompson.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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PREVIOUS STORY: The Chattanooga Fire Department reports that one of the children injured in the September 5 fire has succumbed to his injuries.

The victim, a three-year-old-child, remained in critical condition and passed away due to complications associated with severe smoke inhalation and oxygen deprivation. 

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this very difficult time. This is a loss for his loved ones, the community and our department," said Chattanooga Fire Chief Phil Hyman. 

The blaze appears to have started in the front of the house on East 36th Street. 

Two adults in a downstairs apartment got out safely. The family living upstairs escaped with the help of police officers and other Good Samaritans, but the three-year-old boy was trapped in a back bedroom. 

Firefighters acted quickly and searched for the boy, locating him and bringing him out of the burning home. 

"We commend the actions of everyone involved in fighting to save this young child, both at the scene and at the hospital. Sincere condolences to his loved ones," Chief Hyman added. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 


PREVIOUS STORY: A father and his three children were taken to a local hospital Thursday night after a house fire on East 36th Street. Their condition is still unknown.

One of the children couldn't be located by the parent to escape the blaze, but firefighters were able to find the child and safely evacuate him.

Bound to his wheelchair, Robert Austin says he and his wife were forced to watch flames consume his neighbor's home. 

“Just in a matter of minutes it was blazing up to the roof. I couldn’t get over there,” Austin said. “I was sitting in my chair as you can see I'm handicap and my wife is handicap. I told her call 911 right now there's a fire. call 911 their apartment is on fire.”

Austin says as flames started to spread, a man who appeared to be a family friend, kicked on the front door trying to get it open. Austin says the man eventually started banging on a window with a rock.

“Finally he got the dad to open the window and he fell out and he was carrying a baby, probably about a month or so old.”

Moments later, Austin says another man who was driving by, stopped and ran inside the home. He says that man ended up saving a second child.

“That man made one step on that window seal and he was in that house. He grabbed the little baby; it was a blonde headed baby and put him outside,” Austin said. “The guy from upstairs was a big guy he got up and got inside the window. By that time the police were here.”

Firefighters say three adults and three children were inside the home when the fire sparked. When they arrived, they say there was still a third child still trapped in an upstairs bedroom. They ended up finding him minutes later.

“If it weren't for their training they would have had a very challenging time,” said Battalion Chief Don Bowman.

The three children and their father were sent to a hospital. It's not clear how they're doing.

“It's heart-wrenching because I watched those little kids out here playing,” said Austin.

The Chattanooga Fire Department says the home does’t appear to be a total loss, thanks to the quick work of firefighters. Damage is estimated to be about $30,000.

CFD crews were at the scene until about 1:30 a.m. Friday.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga fire officials say a fire at an East Lake home sent several people to a hospital on Thursday evening.

It happened in the 1300 block of E. 36th Street near Divine Avenue around 5:50 p.m.

A spokesperson for the Chattanooga Fire Department says two adults were in a downstairs apartment of the home, while one adult and three children were upstairs when the fire started.

The spokesperson says one of those adults was able to get two of the children safely out of the home. Chattanooga police were the first to arrive at the scene and tried to find the third child, but the conditions were too dangerous.

The spokesperson says firefighters eventually found the child and brought him out to safety.

“Police made a valiant effort in an attempt to rescue one of the children. Our crews also acted fast to get everyone out. CPD and CFD assisted each other in pulling the victims out of the fire. It was great work by everyone involved,” said Chattanooga Fire Chief Phil Hyman. 

Several people, who officials say are possibly related, were taken to a hospital. Their conditions are unknown and their names have not been released.

Officials say the fire appears to have started near the front of the home.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.