Daily Dispatch

1 injured in fire at north Nashville mobile home

One person was injured in a fire at a mobile home in north Nashville on Friday morning. A family of five was inside the mobile home at 201 Gizzard Ave. in Holiday Mobile Village when the fire started. One of the family members has some minor burns but is expected to be OK. Crews on the scene say the fire is contained at this time.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2014 3:53:57 AM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Fire burns down Manchester's J&J Restaurant

Longtime Manchester eatery J&J Restaurant was destroyed Thursday afternoon when it caught fire and burned to the ground. Manchester Fire Department personnel responded to the restaurant at approximately 12:30 p.m. Thursday in what was originally paged as a grease fire. The fire quickly spread to the building though and, according to Manchester Fire Chief George DeShields, was “very hot.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2014 2:01:44 AM - SOURCE: Manchester Times

East Memphis vehicle fire shuts down I-240 traffic

A vehicle in the middle lanes of I-240 westbound between Poplar Avenue and Walnut Grove caught fire late Thursday evening, causing a nearly one hour shutdown of the section of expressway in East Memphis. The vehicle fire happened at 11:03 p.m., Memphis Fire watch commander told FOX13 News. Flames and smoke billowed into the night sky, all caught on Tennessee Department of Transportation's Smartmap cameras.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2014 10:43:27 PM - SOURCE: WHBQ MyFox 13 Memphis

Fire damages home: No one injured in Maryville blaze

A Chilhowee View residence was damaged by fire at 11:35 a.m. Thursday at 3349 Pearly Anthony Road, Maryville. The fire apparently started at the chimney, said Blount County Fire Chief Doug McClanahan. “A U.S. Postal carrier had a package to deliver to the home and noticed smoke and fire coming out the wrong side of the chimney,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2014 9:12:31 PM - SOURCE: Maryville Daily Times

Greenfield Teen Named Hero After Saving Elderly Woman in Fire

(VIDEO) A Greenfield teen is being called a hero after fire officials say the 18-year-old high school student saved an elderly woman's life during a house fire. "I usually don't go that way, but I happened to go that way when I seen smoke," explained Jason Fortner. "I said that's not right. I need to go back.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2014 4:44:19 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Clarksville firefighters to salute retired 'pioneer' of department

More than 15 years after retiring from the Clarksville Fire Department, Norman Long will ride on a fire truck one last time Saturday. The 77-year-old Clarksville man, a retired assistant chief, died Jan. 3. A full firefighters’ funeral will be held Saturday at St. John Missionary Baptist Church followed by burial at Resthaven Memorial Garden.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2014 3:10:07 PM - SOURCE: Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle

Oak Ridge Fire Department wins top state honor

The state Fire Marshal’s Office has selected the Oak Ridge Fire Prevention Office as the state’s “Fire Educators of the Year,” officials said. Fire Chief Darryl Kerley nominated the office for the recognition. Gary West, assistant commissioner of the Tennessee Fire Marshal’s office, said the award recognizes “the tremendous education and outreach efforts” of the city’s fire department.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2014 8:50:07 AM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel

Mayor green-lights changes to Chattanooga fire and police pension benefits

Union leaders and other task force members reached an agreement this week on reforming pension benefits for Chattanooga firefighters and police officers. Mayor Andy Berke accepted the plan Thursday morning after months of private negotiations that have frustrated public safety employees in both departments.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2014 8:28:58 AM - SOURCE: Nooga.com

Southwest Memphis Man Dies After Falling Into Icy Lake

A Southwest Memphis man died, and his brother was injured Wednesday, after both fell through the ice and into a frigid Coro Lake. "Help them, was my first thought," said Daniel May. May was visiting family members who live on the lake when he saw all the commotion. "Never should have been on that ice like that," he said.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2014 2:49:42 AM - SOURCE: localmemphis.com

Firefighter transported to hospital after Murfreesboro house fire

A firefighter was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries after battling a massive house fire in Murfreesboro Wednesday evening. The fire was reported around 5:45 p.m. in the 700 block of Greenland Drive. Upon their arrival, crews reported flames were shooting through the home's roof and windows.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2014 6:38:33 PM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Fatal house fire reported in Tullahoma

One person has died after a house fire Tuesday evening in Coffee County. The fire was reported about 6:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Chadsworth Place in Tullahoma. When firefighters arrived, they found one person dead inside the home. The state fire marshal has been called to investigate, but other information has not yet been released.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2014 7:32:27 AM - SOURCE: nbcnews.com

Man Killed In Overnight House Fire In North Nashville

A 63-year-old man was killed in an overnight house fire in north Nashville. Crews found heavy smoke and flames when they got to the home on Cephas Street near Clay Street around 1:20 a.m. Wednesday. The flames were so intense that it was a challenge for firefighters already at a disadvantage working in the cold weather.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2014 5:25:25 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Frozen sprinkler pipes burst, flood buildings across Oak Ridge

Frozen sprinkler pipes burst and flooded buildings across Oak Ridge on Tuesday as a frigid arctic air mass lingered over parts of the central and eastern United States. Oak Ridge firefighters said it’s likely there will be more calls on Wednesday as temperatures rise and frozen pipes thaw. Late Tuesday afternoon, Oak Ridge Fire Department Chief Darryl Kerley provided a list of buildings where frozen sprinkler systems had burst.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2014 4:46:43 PM - SOURCE: Oak Ridge Today

Chattanooga Firefighters Fight Fire And Freezing Temperatures

"Its still pretty much the same job," said Dan Bryan, a Senior Firefighter with the Chattanooga Fire Department. Bryan and others ran into cold weather troubles in the 1500 block of Taylor street when an abandoned duplex went up in flames "The problem we encountered was the hydrant was frozen," said Chris Adams, Deputy Fire Chief, "so we called for a tanker which carries 1500 gallons of water to respond to the scene.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2014 3:48:15 PM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC 9 Chattanooga

Update: Memphis Firefighters Take Precautions In Dangerously Cold Temperatures

Memphis firefighters say the extremely cold temperatures are making an already dangerous job more difficult. Tuesday morning, a firefighter was taken to the hospital after he slipped on some ice at a fire scene in Whitehaven. A couple at the home on Craft Road escaped without serious injuries. Memphis firefighters say their mission is to protect people and property, but when it’s that cold outside, they also have to take precautions to protect themselves.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2014 12:41:41 PM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Nashville: Sprinkler causes water damage at Bailey's Pub and Grill

The Nashville Fire Department responded to a Lower Broadway restaurant early Tuesday morning. The fire alarm at Bailey's Pub and Grill on Lower Broadway sounded at 6:30 a.m. Responding firefighters found water pouring out underneath the front door. Firefighters made entry into the business and found the sprinkler head inside the door in front of the elevator had gone off.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2014 7:50:07 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Fire destroys Wilson county building

Fire destroyed a building just off Highway 231 in Wilson County overnight several miles from the Rutherford County line that officials believed was formerly used as a consignment store. Crews from the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency arrived just before midnight with the fire fully involved, Director Joey Cooper said.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2014 6:59:10 AM - SOURCE: Robertson Country Times

Fire destroys Anderson Co. home, crews grapple with frigid temperatures

An Anderson County family lost their home to a fire early Tuesday morning. The Claxton Volunteer Fire Department says it happened in the 100 block of Tobby Hollow Lane just before 4 a.m., when temperatures were at their very coldest across the area. That deep freeze weather meant major issues for crews trying to put the fire out.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2014 5:00:57 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Memphis firefighter injured on scene of house fire

A Memphis firefighter injured his ankle, while called out to a fire in the 600 block of Craft Road. The fire began around 3 a.m. on Tuesday. A man and woman at home at the time of the fire, got out safely. Investigators believe a space heater may be to blame for starting the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2014 2:53:04 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Follow-up: Knoxville Fire Captain Recovering from Heart Attack

A Knoxville Fire Department firefighter is recovering after having a heart attack while fighting a residential house fire on New Year's Eve, officials said. Capt. Mark Lacey is doing reasonably well, according to University of Tennessee Medical Center doctors. According to a fire department news release, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit doctors have Lacey on a ventilator and feel optimistic that he will suffer no long-term neurological damage.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse.com

Fire Destroys North Nashville Home, Seven Displaced

Seven people are looking for a new place to stay after flames chased them out of their North Nashville home on Sunday morning. "Everything we own is in that house, everything. Why God did this have to happen on a Sunday?" said Brandon Jennings as he watched firefighter put out on spots on the house he rented.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2014 8:31:27 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Dog injured in Smyrna fire

A dog suffered minor burns in a fire Sunday morning after a shed the dog was in caught on fire, according to Smyrna Fire Chief Bill Culbertson. Culbertson said the fire on Highpoint Drive started from a heat lamp that was in the shed to keep the dog warm. While the shed burned, none of the houses near it were affected, Culbertson said.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2014 3:00:48 PM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

Carroll County Fire Engulfs Car Service, Burns Cars

Anytime temperatures drop, firefighters warn about the dangers heat sources can bring. A Carroll County family sadly saw that first hand on Saturday. Tony Dill and his family are devastated. They lost their family business they have been building for the past five years. Dill's son, T.J., who works down the road, was almost speechless when he saw the damage.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2014 9:49:56 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Knoxville firefighters use old city bus to escape the cold

East Tennessee is expected to experience some of its coldest temperatures in almost two decades within the next week. Not everyone has the luxury of escaping the cold. The Knoxville Fire Department (KFD) is preparing for a couple of brutally cold days on the job. "Typically they're not out for long periods of time, but when they do get out for an extended period of time, we've got some resources available to them to help keep them warm," KFD Captain Mark Wilbanks said.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2014 8:51:39 PM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV Knoxville

Follow-up: Mother, Infant Escape Major House Fire In Portland

A woman and her infant son narrowly escaped a house fire in Sumner County. Angel Sulzer said her home on Scattersville Road in Portland wasn't very big, but to her and her two young children, it was everything. After she put her nine-month-old son down for a nap Thursday, Sulzer said she went to the kitchen and realized something was wrong.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2014 8:24:29 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Portland mother of 2 loses everything in house fire

A fire destroyed a house in Portland Thursday afternoon, leaving a single mother of two children without a home. Smokey Barn News reported the home located in the 100 block of Scattersville Road was fully involved when firefighters arrived just before 2:50 p.m. Officials stated there was nothing to be saved from inside the residence.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2014 2:29:53 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Audit OK for fee-based Anderson County department

A special audit of a volunteer fire department -- sought by Anderson County Commission after the department converted to a fee-based system -- came back clean with no discrepancies. The audit cost the county $3,000. Still, blowback from the subscription system lingers. Commissioners aren't providing the Andersonville Volunteer Fire Department with $20,000 that the county's other volunteer fire departments receive each year.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse.com

Columbia firefighter earns scholarship

A Columbia firefighter has been awarded a full scholarship to a distance-learning university. William “Brandon” Walker of Columbia was selected as the winner of Kaplan University’s Start A Change Scholarship after being nominated colleague and recent Kaplan graduate Jeremy Menear. Walker was awarded a full undergraduate degree scholarship based on his service to fire departments in Tennessee.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2014 6:08:36 PM - SOURCE: Columbia Daily Herald

Garage, vehicles damaged in late-night Seymour fire

A garage and several vehicles went up in flames late Wednesday night in Seymour. The blaze broke out in the 6400 block of Nails Creek road. Neighbor Brad Lowe said he heard an explosion and came out of his home to find buildings and cars at his neighbors home engulfed in flames. Homeowner Keith Bentley, a contractor, says he and his wife were going to sleep Wednesday night when they heard the explosion.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2014 3:16:47 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Related: Firefighter's heart attack highlights job risks

A Knoxville firefighter remained in the cardiovascular intensive care on New Years Day after suffering a heart attack while responding to a house fire late Tuesday night. KFD Spokesman DJ Corcoran says the department is praying for firefighter Captain Mark Lacey and his family. A Harvard study shows heart attacks are a serious risk all firefighters face.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wbir.com

Knoxville firefighter suffers heart attack while fighting house fire

A Knoxville firefighter remains in the ICU after collapsing outside a burning home. Capt. Mark Lacey suffered a heart attack Tuesday night at the scene of a New Year's Eve house fire. The home on Dandyline Drive in East Knoxville was engulfed in smoke and flames when crews arrived. The one person inside was able to get out safely.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2014 11:22:40 PM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Jackson fire presents an all-night challenge

It was not until 6:35 a.m. Tuesday that Jackson firefighters completely extinguished a house fire that started at 107 Roberts St. in Bemis on Monday night. The fire was reported at 8:41 p.m. Monday. Deputy Chief David Dillingham said Tuesday that the home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2014 5:15:08 PM - SOURCE: Jackson Sun - Metered Site

Memphis family jumps from balcony to escape apartment fire

A Memphis grandmother is still in shock after narrowly escaping a fire in her Frayser apartment New Year ’s Day. The fire at the Forrest Park Apartments off of Frayser Boulevard began just after midnight. Sandra Pluitt told News Channel 3 she was inside her home with a friend, her 4-year-old daughter, and two grandchildren when she woke up.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2014 3:10:25 AM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Firefighter injured in East Nashville structure fire

A firefighter was transported to a local hospital as crews battled a fire Tuesday evening at a vacant building in East Nashville. The fire was reported about 5:30 p.m. in the 7200 block of Joseph Avenue, near Dickerson Pike and Cleveland Street. The building is boarded up and was formerly a mattress store.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2013 4:45:28 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

La Vergne purchases fire department for $4 million

A new year will mean new ownership for a local fire department. La Vergne is one of two cities in the state that doesn't own its fire department. That will change on New Year's Eve. The city recently reached a deal with La Vergne Fire Incorporated to buy the privately owned fire department for $4 million.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2013 1:37:25 PM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Claxton fire burns through roof at home behind Bread Box

A Monday evening fire burned through the roof of a home behind the Bread Box convenience store on Edgemoor Road in Claxton. The fire at 110 S. Dogwood Road was reported at about 6:45 p.m. Monday, photographer Tom Scott said. It was originally reported as a kitchen fire, but the fire extended into the attic and burned through the roof, causing extensive damage.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2013 5:02:11 AM - SOURCE: Oak Ridge Today

Fire burns more than century-old Wilson County home

A kitchen fire significantly damaged a more than 100-year-old Wilson County home Monday afternoon. According to Wilson Emergency Management Agency Director Joey Cooper, firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the kitchen at 1795 Old Shannon Road just off Franklin Road in Wilson County. “The kitchen area itself suffered quite a bit of fire damage,” Cooper said.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2013 2:41:23 AM - SOURCE: The Lebanon Democrat

Update: Corpse found in remains of East Ridge fire identified as male

East Ridge and state officials said the body found after a fire in a former restaurant on Dec. 25 was a male. But the identity of the male whose remains were found inside the ashes of the destroyed structure is still under investigation. The East Ridge Fire Department and the state's bomb and arson investigators say the cause of the fire at 6715 Ringgold Road, a seafood restaurant previously known as the Hungry Fisherman and Tripp's Seafood, is officially undetermined.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2013 12:25:05 AM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Follow Up: Lobelville's Bates fire could have been worse

People are breathing a big sigh of relief after a fire strikes one of the largest employers in Perry County. Two buildings were destroyed at the Bates Rubber factory. Firefighters had to act fast to save jobs. Donald Meredith will tell you he's a restless sleeper, and what he saw out his front window around 2am Saturday prompted a quick call to 911.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2013 8:54:40 PM - SOURCE: WZTV Fox 17

Christmas wish comes true for Millington Fire Department

In 1939, the DuPont Chemical Company in Millington donated their fire truck to the City of Millington. It became the first in a line of fire trucks used to protect the public from fire and other related hazards. It served the community well until it was retired in 1954. Thanks to a generous grant and support from the Board of Mayor and Aldermen a brand new, state-of-the-art, fully equipped Pierce Fire Truck was put into service this month to protect and serve the community.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2013 8:47:15 PM - SOURCE: Millington, TN

Indoor burning possible Spring Hill fire cause

A fire that claimed a Spring Hill family’s home may have started in a chimney flue, and fire officials are urging citizens to use additional caution with indoor burning. Maury County Fire Department officials were alerted to a house fire about 2 a.m. Saturday at 3637 Greens Mill Road. The fire started outside the home, and the residence was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2013 6:42:26 PM - SOURCE: Columbia Daily Herald

Memphis house fire leaves 7 people homeless, including pregnant woman

A fire sent seven people, including two children, running from their home early Monday morning. One of whom was four months pregnant. Memphis firefighters were called to the 3300 block of Ridgemont Avenue in the Raleigh neighborhood around 2 a.m. Action News 5'sAmy Speropoulos talked to a resident of the home, Sharon Butler.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2013 2:59:06 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Cleveland firefighters honored for life-saving efforts

A number of Cleveland Fire Department firefighters were recently honored for life-saving efforts during flooding earlier this year. CFD officials maintain a rigorous training schedule for specialized services, which may be needed in the event of certain situations or even disasters, which may affect the community.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2013 5:48:26 PM - SOURCE: Cleveland Daily Banner

Sullivan and its cities to wire into Tennessee's emergency radio system

Kingsport, Bristol and Sullivan County are planning to team up with the state of Tennessee on its statewide emergency radio system, a move one Sullivan County commissioner said would save the county and its cities more than $1 million. More than a decade ago, Sullivan County and its cities went in together to purchase a countywide, 800 MHz radio system for emergency personnel, one used by police and fire officials, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department and emergency medical responders throughout the county.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2013 5:02:10 PM - SOURCE: Kingsport Times-News

Two Lobelville buildings destroyed in fire at Bates Rubber Plant

Two buildings were destroyed in a fire at a rubber plant in Perry County Saturday morning. The fire started around 2:30 a.m. at Bates Rubber Plant on 2nd Avenue East in Lobelville. Perry County Dispatch told News 2 that two buildings at the plant "have been lost" in the fire and firefighters had to work to keep the blaze from spreading to an area where rubber materials are stored.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2013 7:38:24 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

East Ridge gets new fire chief

There's a chief at the helm of the newly formed East Ridge Fire Department. After a four-month search, the city named veteran firefighter Mike Williams to lead the department, which was recently separated from the city's public safety department. The public safety department, which previously included the police and fire forces, was split into two distinct agencies after its former director, Eddie Phillips, retired in August.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2013 11:56:08 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Obituary: Retired Knoxville and Y-12 firefighter/paramedic; Gary Eugene Bradshaw

61, loving husband, father and grandfather left this life suddenly on December 25 at Physicians Regional Medical Center. He was born June 6, 1952, in Crossville, Tennessee. Having served the Knoxville Fire Department and Y-12 fire department for many years, he retired as a firefighter/paramedic. He is preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Dollie Bradshaw.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2013 11:43:53 PM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel

Meth lab explosion catches Hamblen County home on fire

An abandoned home in Hamblen County caught fire Friday morning in what sheriff's deputies say was the result of a meth lab explosion. A neighbor called to report the fire around 6:04 a.m. at 4615 St. Paul Road. The Hamblen County Sheriff's Department and South Hamblen County Fire Department arrived and quickly determined it was a meth lab explosion.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2013 7:59:11 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Houston County family alerted to fire inside home by passer-by

A Houston County family says it's a true Christmas blessing that a complete stranger drove by their home, saw a fire and took action. "We had just made cupcakes for Santa with our daughter. She had gone to bed and we had gone to bed and was just ready to wake up Christmas morning and open presents," said Stacey Johnson.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2013 3:28:28 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Human Remains Found in Ashes of Old Seafood Restaurant in East Ridge

The Tennessee state fire marshal spent Thursday at the scene of a restaurant fire in East Ridge. The building once housed the Hungry Fisherman and later Trip's Seafood. It sits in the 67-hundred block of Ringgold Road, but now it's the scene of a possible homicide investigation. East Ridge authorities at first counted it as just another abandoned building destroyed by fire of an unknown origin.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2013 2:04:34 PM - SOURCE: WDEF-TV Channel 12 CBS Chattanooga

Follow-up: Victim from Johnson City Christmas Day house fire in stable condition

A woman injured in a Christmas Day house fire was reported to be in stable condition Thursday at a hospital in Nashville. Johnson City firefighters were called to a fire at 2312 Rambling Road around 7:30 Christmas morning . Before they even arrived, firefighters were told a person was trapped inside the house.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2013 1:58:38 PM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Memphis: Firefighters battle mobile home engulfed in flames

Firefighters were on the scene of a mobile home fire near the 8000 block of Shallow Glen Trail, just off of North Germantown Parkway in Memphis. Reports came in just before 8 a.m. on Thursday. According to the Memphis Fire Department, no one was at home at the time of the fire. Drivers on Germantown Parkway who saw the smoke reported the fire to the fire department.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2013 6:35:56 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Memphis firefighters battle 2 early morning fires, one man sent to hospital

The Memphis Fire Department battled two fires early Thursday morning that damaged a duplex and a home. The first call to firefighters came in just after midnight and happened in the 1800 block of McMillan Street. Huge flames shot through the roof of a home that was undergoing renovations causing heavy damage.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2013 3:03:02 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

2 dead, 3 injured after head-on collision in Mascot

Two women are dead after a head-on collision on Mine Road. The call came in around 6:20 p.m. Wednesday for a stalled vehicle. According to the Knox County Sheriff's Office, a van swerved to miss the stalled SUV and then hit another van head-on. One of the vans ended up off the road, down an embankment and flipped upside down.
- PUB DATE: 12/25/2013 7:58:49 PM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Murfreesboro woman donates pet oxygen masks to fire department

Her beloved Sophie passed away after losing her battle with cancer. "If you lose your house or something else in a fire, to lose your pet just adds more grief to it," Meldon said. Meldon wanted to do something special in Sophie's memory, so she decided to donate four pet oxygen masks to the fire department in Murfreesboro.
- PUB DATE: 12/25/2013 7:39:21 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Maury County: Man rescues motorist before car bursts into flames

It’s been more than seven years since Ahren Longo left the Navy, but his military training kicked in when he rescued an unconscious accident victim moments before a wrecked car burst into flames. “I had fire and medical training, but I never had to use it until now,” Longo said in a telephone interview.
- PUB DATE: 12/25/2013 11:56:50 AM - SOURCE: columbiadailyherald.com

Fire destroys century-old barn in Elizabethton

A fast burning fire destroyed a 100-year-old barn along the Watauga River east of Elizabethton on Christmas Eve. No one was injured in the fire, but all items stored in the barn, as well as the barn itself, were reduced to ashes in the flames which were fanned by a persistent westerly breeze. The Stoney Creek, Watauga and Hampton-Valley Forge volunteer fire departments responded to the fire.
- PUB DATE: 12/24/2013 12:31:58 PM - SOURCE: Kingsport Times-News

Chattanooga Police and Firefighters await pension changes

Chattanooga police and firefighters are on pins and needles while the pension task force tries to negotiate changes to their benefits. We are told it is affecting morale. On the heels of forty-three sudden retirements in the fire and police departments, one firefighter says the political debate over changes to the pension plan is starting to wear thin.
- PUB DATE: 12/23/2013 8:08:11 AM - SOURCE: WDSI-TV My Fox Chattanooga

Fire severely damages abandoned home on Cecelia Avenue in Maryville

A structure fire severely damaged an abandoned home at 2555 Cecelia Ave. near East Broadway Avenue in Maryville Sunday evening. Blount County firefighters were dispatched to the fire at approximately 5:20 p.m. The home was fully engulfed in flames, and heavy smoke could be seen from a distance. After firefighters seemingly had the fire under control, more flames burst before firefighters extinguished the fire at approximately 5:45 p.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2013 9:14:13 PM - SOURCE: Maryville Daily Times

Newbern firefighters request computers

Newbern firemen may soon have technology at their fingertips, with leaders of the Newbern Fire Department recently appearing before the city board's budget committee with a request for new computers. A hastily planned meeting of the budget committee in Newbern Mayor Olen Parker's office at 5 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2013 1:45:15 AM - SOURCE: Dyersburg State Gazette.com

Follow Up: Neighbors concerned about air safety after fire in Hickman County

A top environmental group said they are worried about a fire that burned for two days at a federal "superfund" site this week. The fire at the recycling center in Hickman County is out now, but neighbors have plenty of questions about what burned in thick black smoke that could be seen from miles away.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2013 8:19:23 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Walland home damaged by fire

A fire this morning did considerable damage to a Walland home, which was unoccupied at the time of the blaze. The house was at 4143 Burnett Road, Walland. The name of the family is not known at this time, but the mother, father and four children ages 5 to 24 were not home. An adult son came home shortly after 5 a.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2013 7:37:41 AM - SOURCE: Maryville Daily Times

Firefighters sign fire hose to be displayed at Dollywood

Firefighters are being honored through Dollywood's new roller coaster, and Pigeon Forge firefighters are now a part of the honors. The Hero's Tour stopped in Pigeon Forge for firefighters to sign a fire hose. The hose will be be on display at the new "Firechaser Express." Dollywood hopes firefighters across the region will sign this.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2013 9:31:33 PM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Portland country club moves forward after June fire

Members of Portland’s Dogwood Hills Country Club have united to clean up the site of their clubhouse, which burned to the ground in June, and hope to start rebuilding by the spring of 2014. Police charged 19-year-old Nathan Brownlee in September with arson, burglary and theft over $1,000 in relation to the fire.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2013 4:42:26 PM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Follow-up: Dickson reacts to large industrial fire in Hickman County

The smoke hovering over south Dickson County and the lingering stench of burnt plastic were obvious signs a fire raged somewhere locally Wednesday afternoon and night. “We saw it about 10:30 (a.m. Wednesday) and it looked kind of like a black tornado outside," said Megan Kotsch, a manager at Abiff Pub in south Dickson County near the Hickman County line.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2013 4:37:58 PM - SOURCE: Robertson Country Times

Follow-up: Firefighters making progress in Hickman industrial fire

Officials say firefighters are making progress against a large industrial fire at a federal Superfund site in central Tennessee. Hickman County Mayor Steve Gregory said Thursday morning that firefighters are trying to smother the blaze by covering it with dirt. He says the blaze is 65 percent contained.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2013 7:38:14 AM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Fire Destroys Keltonburg Home

A fire destroyed the home of Percy Pinegar, Jr at 4915 Keltonburg Road (Keltonburg Nursery) Wednesday night. Central dispatch received the call at 6:13 p.m. Members of the Midway, Belk, Keltonburg, Short Mountain Highway, and Blue Springs stations of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department responded along with the tanker truck, DeKalb EMS, and DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2013 6:17:58 AM - SOURCE: WJLE 1480-AM & 101.7-FM

Woman dies in Columbia house fire

A woman was killed and her adult son suffered burns in a house fire near downtown Columbia Thursday morning. The woman died before firefighters could carry her through a bedroom window of her small, wood-frame house at 601 W. 4th St., Assistant Fire Chief Tony Scott said. Her injured son managed to escape the 3:40 a.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2013 4:37:58 AM - SOURCE: Columbia Daily Herald

Nashville Firefighters Keep Kids Warm

Nearly four hundred metro school children have new, warm coats to wear thanks to Nashville firefighters. Members of the International Association of Fire Fighters Union Local 140 gave coats to every student at Buena Vista Elementary School Wednesday. It's part of what the union calls "Operation Warm.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2013 2:50:39 AM - SOURCE: WZTV Fox 17

Germantown Crews Have Busy First Weeks Operating Ambulances

"They're always scrubbing it down and cleaning it," Fire Chief John Selberg said of one of the trucks. "After calls, they come back, they're even cleaning under doors." Maybe that's because these vehicles are the first to have permanent "Germantown" lettering on the sides of the trucks. The ambulances, the department's first fleet, went into service the first week in December.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse.com

Knoxville Fire Department sees fewer fire related deaths so far in 2013

Fire related deaths are down so far in the city of Knoxville but reasons for the decline can be difficult to pinpoint. So far this year firefighters within city limits have responded to one fatal fire in 2013. Nineteen-year-old Mark A Jernigan died earlier this month when fire broke out in the laundry room of the west Knoxville mobile home.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2013 3:44:38 PM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV Knoxville

Area, Schools Evacuated Surrounding Plant Fire In Hickman County

The area surrounding a plastics recycling plant in Hickman County has been evacuated, including four schools, as crews work to extinguish a massive fire on Wednesday morning. The large smoke plume could be seen for miles from the Industrial Plastic Co. Inc. on Plant Road in Lyles. The area approximately 4 miles around the plant was evacuated due to the high toxicity from the burning plastics and alcohol on the site, according to officials.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2013 10:16:37 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Looming pension reform blamed for Chattanooga fire & police exodus

Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd announced his retirement Monday. He's the latest in a long string of recent retirements among the city's police force and fire department. The Chattanooga Fire and Police Pension Board says the number of retirements this year has doubled from a typical year and don't think it's coincidence.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2013 3:15:08 PM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

Related: Number of Chattanooga Police and Firefighters to Retire Doubles

NewsChannel 9 has uncovered shocking numbers about how many Chattanooga police officers and firefighters will have retired by the end of 2013. This comes just a day after Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd submitted his retirement - saying he was looking forward to spending more time with his family.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2013 2:43:29 PM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC 9 Chattanooga

Mt. Pleasant to weigh new terms for fire station

City officials hope that entering into a new lease agreement will streamline the process of removing mold from a downtown fire station. The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department and EMS personnel vacated the fire station at 1158 N. Main St. in November because of an invasive mold problem. City Manager Michelle Williams said the city had to determine which entity actually owned the building on North Main Street before they could move forward with the mold removal.
- PUB DATE: 12/16/2013 9:53:26 PM - SOURCE: Columbia Daily Herald

Suspicious barn fire under investigation in Springfield

Arson investigators have been called to the scene of a barn fire Monday, Dec. 16 in Springfield behind a business on the southern end of Memorial Boulevard, near Industrial Drive. The Springfield Fire Department responded to a barn fire shortly after 3 p.m., across from Lee’s Building Center in the 2900 block of Memorial Boulevard, according to Springfield Fire Chief Jimmy Hamill.
- PUB DATE: 12/16/2013 3:38:08 PM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Hampshire Fire Department struggling to create new home

When it rains or snows the roof leaks, and without adequate utilities it’s either too cold or too hot to train volunteers inside the cinder block building, at least for very long. But despite it all, Chief K.C. Delk is thankful for a place to park the community fire truck and people willing to answer the call when someone needs help.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2013 9:51:05 PM - SOURCE: Columbia Daily Herald

Arson suspected in fire at Vulcan Materials in Friendsville

Arson was suspected as a structure fire destroyed a single-wide office trailer at Vulcan Materials at 3758 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Friendsville Sunday afternoon. According to Public Information Officer Steve Hargis of the Friendsville Volunteer Fire Department, firefighters received the call of the fire at approximately 4:32 p.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2013 7:46:51 PM - SOURCE: Maryville Daily Times

Downtown Paris historic building fire

A destroyed the interior of Retale History, a landmark building in Paris around 7 p.m. Friday. "The wind was blowing it in this direction and you could smell it, I mean it literally took my breath away," said Jennifer Williams, owner of Jack's Java. Most people in the community know the building as the Lewis and Williams Market.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2013 12:45:34 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Trenton firefighter terminated

A Trenton firefighter has been fired after officials say he sexually harassed other employees. After allegations were made that Odell Coleman was sexually harassing female city employees, an investigation took place, according to Trenton Mayor Tony Burriss. The Jackson Sun couldn’t reach Coleman for comment but Burriss said Coleman was a captain at the Trenton Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2013 2:18:35 AM - SOURCE: Jackson Sun - Metered Site

Could new healthcare law shut down state volunteer fire departments?

Volunteer fire departments across the country are taking a closer look at the Affordable Care Act, wondering if any part of it would pertain to them. Grassy Fork Chief Walt Cross is one leader that's wondering about it. "Whether it affects this fire department, or this community - at the volume of firefighters that we have," said Chief Cross.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2013 3:18:42 PM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV Knoxville

Knoxville: Fire marshal says renters need to look closely at apartment fire safety features

The South Knoxville apartment complex building that burnt to the ground Wednesday lacked many important safety features that fire investigators say could have made a difference. According to investigators, building D of the Southwood Apartment complex had no firewall and no sprinkler system. The building was constructed in 1968, when fire codes didn't require many modern safety features.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WATE.com

Franklin firefighters extend toy drive deadline after drop in donations

With donation levels well below past years, Franklin Firefighters have extended the deadline for their annual Toy and Clothing Drive to Monday, Dec. 16, and are issuing a plea for help. “There are many gift requests remaining on the toy drive displays outside every fire station waiting to be filled,” said Franklin Fire Captain Clay Mackey, who is one of the event organizers.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: franklinhomepage.com

Fire Destroys Smithville Home

(VIDEO) A fire this morning (Thursday) destroyed the residence of Jimmy Putty at 428 Carter Street. Central dispatch received the call at 7:00 a.m. The Smithville Volunteer Fire Department rushed to the scene but Chief Charlie Parker said the fire was well underway by the time it was reported and firefighters could not save the home.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2013 9:45:21 AM - SOURCE: WJLE 1480-AM & 101.7-FM

Faulty light switch blamed for Madison house fire

A family got quite a scare early Thursday morning when a faulty light switch started a fire. It happened at a home on Saunders Avenue in Madison just after 12:30 a.m. Fire officials told News 2 the homeowner flipped a light switch in the kitchen and an electricity malfunction sparked a fire. The fire spread to the attic.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2013 8:02:10 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Firefighters injured, residents displaced by fire at Knoxville apartment complex

Two firefighters were injured and 14 residents were displaced after a South Knoxville apartment complex went up in flames Wednesday night. The Knoxville Fire Department says the fire broke out just after 8:30 p.m. at Southwood Apartments in the 2700 block of Sevier Avenue. Heavy flames were seen coming from the three-story building.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2013 7:49:08 AM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Sumner County barn razed by fire

Firefighters in Sumner County are still battling a blaze that engulfed a rural barn early this morning. The barn fire was reported at about 5:30 a.m. near the intersection of Upper Station Camp Creek and Vantrease roads, according to a Sumner County dispatcher. Cottontown Volunteer Fire crews had the blaze under control about an hour later.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2013 4:48:43 AM - SOURCE: Robertson Country Times

Teen pulls man from Kingsport house fire

An afternoon fire at a Lynn Garden home on Wednesday turned into a lesson in bravery when a teenager pulled his neighbor out of the burning home. We're told 16-year-old Lee Harper called Kingsport Fire Department crews to 310 Martin St. at around 3:15 p.m. "About that time I couldn't see the house cause of the smoke," said Harper, who lives across the street on Akers Ave.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: wcyb.com

Seymour home destroyed in fire Wednesday afternoon

A Sevier County home was left a complete loss after a fire broke out at the residence Wednesday evening. Officials say that fire broke out at a home on Staghorn Lane in Seymour just before 4 p.m. It took volunteer firefighters more than an hour to extinguish the blaze. Crews told 6 News the delay was due to the home being on a hill, causing it to take them longer than usual to get fire hoses to the property.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2013 9:50:51 PM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Knoxville Rural/Metro Firefighters Graduate

There are 17 firefighters starting work Wednesday after graduating from Rural/Metro's Fire Academy Tuesday night. They all achieved firefighter one certification, which means they can work full-time in more than 40 states. Firefighter Adam Thomas says the program wasn't easy. "We spend a lot of time in the classroom, but most of the time is out in the field, getting our hands dirty and working hard," said Thomas.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2013 3:05:11 AM - SOURCE: WATE.com

Mt. Juliet Fire Department launches Explorer program for teens

The staff of the new Mt. Juliet Fire Department wants to build for its future and help area young people prepare for theirs. That is why it plans to launch a new program next year that introduces firefighting up close. The fire department will charter a new Fire Service Explorer program that is open to anyone who is at least 14 years old and has completed the eighth grade.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2013 12:32:32 AM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

VIDEO: Fire damages Cleveland BBQ restaurant

An early morning fire kept Cleveland firefighters very busy this morning. Dispatchers say it happened at the Stadium BBQ just before 1 a.m. at the corner of 17th Street and Stewart Avenue. There were no injuries to report and it was contained within an hour. The cause remains under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2013 4:26:22 AM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

Baxter works to pay for new equipment for firefighters

Firefighters working for both the City of Baxter and the county have been asked to refrain from using their county turnout gear during both jobs. This first came to the attention of the Baxter Board of Mayor and Aldermen last month, leaving them with an unexpected bill of around $2,500 per firefighter to make sure they each have the needed protection.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Herald-citizen.com

2-year-old burned in fatal fire meets Chattanooga firefighters who rescued him

When 2-year-old Tyler Jackson was rescued by Chattanooga firefighters, his family couldn't even recognize him. Burns marred most of his face and 70 percent of his body. Doctors were not sure he would survive. A little more than eight months later, Tyler, who wears scars from the blaze, donned a red plastic hat and played with a fire truck given to him by firefighters at Station 5 at 809 S.
- PUB DATE: 12/9/2013 9:49:01 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Less Than Half Fire Hydrants in Benton County Usable

With the number of fires this time of year usually increasing, it is disturbing to know less than half the fire hydrants in Benton County are usable. A fire hydrant sits in the Camden Fire Department. Because it is so old, they were not able to buy a part for it and now use it as decoration. There are several others in the county, though still in neighborhoods and along streets that are totally useless.
- PUB DATE: 12/9/2013 9:45:11 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Review occurs after Memphis firefighters miss calls

The Memphis Fire Department has inspected bay doors at all its stations after firefighters missed calls because they were trapped inside their station during a power outage. The Commercial Appeal reported that a fatal house fire occurred on Nov. 27 while fire equipment was stuck behind inoperable doors at fire station No.
- PUB DATE: 12/9/2013 7:00:43 AM - SOURCE: Jackson Sun

Tensions rise in Chattanooga fire, police pension overhaul

Pension administrators are balking at suggested changes that would significantly alter police officers' and firefighters' retirement plan while saving the city $400 million over the next 30 years. With three weeks to go until Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's deadline for his 18-member pension task force to reach a consensus, contention is growing among officials, the Fire and Police Pension Board members and employees over cuts that some say could prompt more employees to leave their departments prematurely.
- PUB DATE: 12/9/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Timesfreepress.com

White House woman killed in fire

A woman died after her home caught fire in White House Saturday night. Smokey Barn News reported the fire started in the back of the residence located in the 300 block of Foster Drive in the Holly Tree Subdivision around 8:20 p.m. The fire department was able to control the flames by 9 p.m. The incident is now under investigation by White House authorities, including both the fire and police departments, as well as State Bomb and Arson officials, the fire marshal told Smokey Barn.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2013 3:21:56 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Goodlettsville welcomes new deputy fire chief from Houston

Mark Becknal recently joined the city of Goodlettsville staff as the new deputy fire chief. Mark has more than 25 years of experience in fire service. Becknal recently retired from the city of Houston, Texas, as senior captain, district training officer and paramedic. He has most recently been working as an evaluator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2013 2:03:06 AM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean - Metered Site

Benton County mobile home destroyed in fire, two bodies found

Benton county officials say the charred remains of two bodies were found inside of a burned mobile home Saturday morning. Now a family is short two of its members, just a few weeks away from Christmas. "There was some sign of a wood heater and it was a single wide trailer," Sheriff Tony King said. "We just ask people to be a bit more careful and vigilant about how they use those types of heat," The home on Brodie Rd.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2013 9:03:26 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Special needs teen killed in Knoxville mobile home fire

A mobile home erupted in flames Saturday morning and killed a teen and his dog. According to Capt. DJ Corcoran with the Knoxville Fire Department, it happened at a home along J.R. Drive off Amherst Road around 8 a.m. Firefighters say Mark A. Jernigan, 19, passed away as a result of unrecoverable smoke inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2013 8:52:23 PM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Oak Ridge fire destroys barn, contents valued at $100K

A report of woods on fire Thursday afternoon turned out to be a burning barn — valued at $100,000 — in Oak Ridge. The fire was reported about 5 p.m. at the intersection of Tuskegee and TeeJay drives, according to Oak Ridge Fire Department Chief Darryl Kerley. Responders had to hike through the woods to reach the structure and found the barn engulfed with flames, Kerley said in a news release Friday.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2013 6:58:19 AM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel

Veteran driver guides Model-T fire engine through Elizabethton's route

While only Santa Claus can claim to have ridden in all the annual Elizabethton Christmas Parades, Steve Dunlap has certainly been a highlight in many of them. While Santa traditionally appears at the end of the parade, riding on top of the Elizabethton Fire Department’s ladder truck, Dunlap’s appearance near the start of the parades has been nearly as spectacular.
- PUB DATE: 12/5/2013 7:45:00 PM - SOURCE: Johnson City Press

Rutherford County firefighters rescue driver, puppy from crash

Rutherford County firefighters rescued a driver and her puppy from a fiery crash on I-24 last week. The driver was rushed to the hospital. Firefighters were examining the car when they noticed the puppy hiding in the wreckage. "I dropped everything, ran over there, grabbed him, told deputies go ahead, before the ambulance leaves, get ahold of the driver and ask her if she had a dog, let her know that I'm going to have him until she can take him back," said Ryan Connelly, a senior firefighter with the Rutherford County Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 12/5/2013 7:16:49 AM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Arson suspected in Coffee County Drug Court fire

Investigators believe a fire that caused smoke and water damage to the Coffee County Drug Court building Tuesday morning was intentionally set, possibly by someone who was scheduled for a drug test or hearing that day. Manchester, Tenn., investigators said the fire appears to have been started with an accelerant -- gasoline or possibly a mix of gasoline and diesel -- poured or sprayed into the heating and air conditioning duct work at the back of the building.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2013 10:08:59 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Etowah: Mistaken Identity Leads To Fire Chief Arrest

A case of mistaken identity leads to the incorrect arrest of an Etowah Assistant Fire Chief. Saturday, Walmart employees called police after they say a customer stole 200 dollars worth of products. When an employee attempted to stop the shopper, they told police the suspect brandished a six-inch knife.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2013 2:33:00 PM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC 9 Chattanooga

Fire displaces residents of nine Kingsport apartments

A Wednesday afternoon fire has caused extensive damage to a pair of Kingsport apartments, displacing both those residents and the tenants of seven other units in the complex. Kingsport Fire Department Public Education Officer Barry Brickey says engines responded to the blaze on Sir Echo Drive at approximately 1:10 p.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2013 1:46:36 PM - SOURCE: Johnson City Press

Fire at former Memphis barbeque restaurant under investigation

The Memphis Fire Department was called to a late night fire at what once was the River City Barbeque restaurant in South Memphis. The building located in 3400 block of Cazassa, has been vacant for some time. Memphis firefighters put out a blaze just before midnight. Investigators tell Action News 5 that no power was going into the building.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2013 4:26:57 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Resident, firefighter injured in E. Knoxville house fire

One person was sent to the hospital and a firefighter was injured Wednesday after a portable heater sparked a blaze at an East Knoxville home. The Knoxville Fire Department says it happened around 2:30 a.m. on the 2800 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, which is located by Austin-East High School.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2013 3:39:37 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Nashville house fire kills 5 pets, injures firefighter

A couple lost five pets and a firefighter was injured in a fire that broke out inside a south Nashville home Tuesday night. Two dogs and three cats died in the blaze in the 5000 block of Marc Drive, not far from Edmondson Pike. The couple reported the fire began in the garage then spread to the rest of the home.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2013 2:55:28 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Chattanooga police, firefighters put fists and faces on the line to help kids

The gym smelled like old sweat and bleached blood. In the ring, boys of all sizes lay on their backs and pumped their legs as if they were on a bicycle while a stocky man with gloves on walked around and beat their stomachs with his fist. Their faces showed strain without pain. They were used to the rigor.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2013 9:57:03 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Chattanooga Man Jumps Out Window to Escape Fire

A Chattanooga man jumped out a bedroom window to escape a fire Tuesday morning about 6 o'clock. Fire Department spokesman Bruce Garner says, Stephen Boudy told firefighters that he awoke to the smell of smoke in his home at 3527 Taylor Street. He says the interior of the bedroom was getting hot, and he had to escape by breaking out the window on the first floor and jumping out.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2013 7:49:01 AM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC 9 Chattanooga

Fire at vacant Nashville inn closes portion of Dickerson Road

A fire broke out at a vacant inn in northeast Nashville early Tuesday morning. Firefighters arrived to flames shooting through the roof of the Trinity Inn Efficiencies located at 1801 Dickerson Pike around 1:30 a.m. Officials told News 2 the fire began in the back of the building on the first floor, engulfing several rooms.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2013 12:22:38 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Follow-up: Maury County firefighter responds to blaze at childhood home

A Maury County firefighter responded to a massive blaze at his childhood home Sunday afternoon. Before arriving to the fully engulfed fire, Will Craft said he knew the fire would be tough to battle since the nearest hydrant to the home is nearly 1/3 of a mile away on Katie Lane . After laying 1,500 feet of hose to battle the fire, crews said it took them seven to 10 minutes to knock it out.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNCT.com

Mold forces Mount Pleasant fire department to pack up and move

A growing mold problem has forced the city of Mount Pleasant to close its fire hall and move to a temporary building on the outskirts of town. A wood manufacturer who went bankrupt allowed the fire department to move to a warehouse temporarily while the city deals with the mold at its downtown facility.
- PUB DATE: 12/2/2013 7:59:42 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Rutherford County business reports damage after blasting incident

A business may have been damaged after a blasting incident Monday afternoon in Rutherford County. The Murfreesboro Fire Department says a licensed blasting contractor is working to install a water and sewer line off Butler Drive. Workers for the company, Robert and Cassie Blasting Company, of Gladeville, TN, didn't have a cover on the first shot of explosives - called a "breaker" - because they thought they were far enough away from homes and businesses.
- PUB DATE: 12/2/2013 4:37:22 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Nine officers injured in Franklin County meth fire

A meth lab fire Sunday night in Franklin County, Tenn., injured nine officers who responded to an Estill Springs campground to investigate reported domestic violence and a possible meth operation. Today, eight of the nine officers are back on duty and the man who allegedly started the fire, 46-year-old Sherman Hargrove, of Decherd Estill Road, is behind bars on $250,000 bond.
- PUB DATE: 12/2/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Timesfreepress.com

Court: Karns Fire Department will keep donated property

Two decades after a grateful couple donated land for a new fire station in Karns, deed holders upset over new fire subscription service fees tried to take it back, court records show. The effort by Jack Stevens and Emmett G. Stevens Jr. to wrest back the 28-acre gift to the Karns Fire Department has failed, with the state Court of Appeals ruling this past week the pair's beef over the agency's decision to charge for its firefighting services did not rate a reneging of the original donation deal.
- PUB DATE: 12/2/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse.com

Flames destroy firefighter's Maury County family home

Firefighter Will Craft stood outside the charred ruins of the house he grew up in and spoke with the resignation of someone who knows a done deal when he sees it. “I’m just here to be with Mom and Dad,” he said as fellow firefighters finished the work of drowning the blaze that left his parents and sister homeless after fire broke out in a front room about noon Sunday.
- PUB DATE: 12/1/2013 8:09:53 PM - SOURCE: Columbia Daily Herald

Coopertown: One dead in suspicious house fire, person of interest sought

Authorities are searching for a person of interest after discovering a dead body inside a house destroyed in a suspicious fire Sunday morning near Coopertown. The fire, which occurred at 2526 Jack Teasley Road, was reported shortly before 1 a.m., Pleasant View Fire Chief P.J. Duncan said. The house, which was completely destroyed, was already engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
- PUB DATE: 12/1/2013 5:49:48 PM - SOURCE: Robertson Country Times

Dyersburg: E911 board discusses flat-rate 911 bill

Change is coming to the 911-revenue system as the Tennessee General Assembly is considering a bill sponsored by Sen. Mark Norris that would call for one flat rate in all 95 counties. Dyersburg Emergency Operations Manager Mark Grant first reported the possibility of a flat rate at the Dyer County E911 board meeting in October, which he noted could include an increase for Dyer County because it had one of the lowest rates in the state.
- PUB DATE: 11/30/2013 1:57:52 AM - SOURCE: Dyersburg State Gazette.com

Man charged in fatal Red Bank fire set with a blanket

Dewey Rose gave Christopher Wehunt a blanket. Wehunt was cold. He needed it. But for reasons that remain unclear, on Thanksgiving morning Wehunt started a fire with the blanket, burning down the quad of apartments where Rose lived. Rose, 51, died in the blaze. "From what we understand, that's the person who gave him the blanket because he was cold," Red Bank Police Chief Tim Christol said Friday.
- PUB DATE: 11/29/2013 9:28:34 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Franklin: Firefighters urge more awareness for emergency vehicles

(VIDEO) When you hear sirens from a fire truck or other emergency vehicle, you're supposed to pull over. But not everyone does, and drivers who don't yield are putting everyone on the road at risk. Firefighters in Franklin say every day, on almost every call, drivers are getting in the way and hampering their ability to save lives.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2013 7:47:40 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Follow-up: Neighbors step up and help rescue victims from Mountain City fire

Mad chaos. That's how people who live in a Mountain City apartment complex described it as a fire started in the complex. The fire started this weekend leaving one person hurt and several more homeless. "Flames, blazes, windows breaking out, panic," said Property Manager Donna Davis. Around 11:30 Sunday night a woman living at Heritage Manor in Mountain City heard, '924 Medical Park Drive, fire' over the scanner.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2013 3:13:32 PM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Tanker truck hauling 3,400 gallons of gasoline overturns in Knoxville

Both eastbound lanes of Middlebrook Pike have been reopened just in time for afternoon rush hour following a tank truck crash that spilled 3,400 gallons of gasoline Tuesday morning, police said. The crash scene was cleared and barricades were removed about 4:15 p.m., nearly six hours after the tanker slipped free from a tractor and slammed down on the asphalt, according to Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2013 11:38:06 AM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel

Nine officers injured in Estill Springs meth fire

A meth lab fire Sunday night in Franklin County injured nine officers who answered a domestic violence call in Estill Springs. A woman called authorities around 8:30 p.m. CST from the All Seasons Campground in Estill Springs, Tenn., where she said Sherman Hargrove, of Decherd Estill Road Lot #13, Winchester, Tenn.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2013 5:47:49 AM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Reports: Meth lab results in Kingston apartment fire

A Kingston man was charged Tuesday for meth-related offenses after Roane County Sheriff's Department deputies reportedly found meth-making products inside his apartment when they responded to a fire inside the Kingston Highway apartment. People inside the apartment complex were evacuated because of the fire, but those tenants were later allowed back inside their apartments after authorities realized that a quarantine of the of the entire apartment complex was not warranted.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2013 1:45:48 AM - SOURCE: Oak Ridger

Man burned in Chattanooga gas pump fire

Chattanooga fire investigators are trying to determine how a fire got started at a Brainerd gas station. It happened shortly after 5:00p.m. Monday at the Murphy USA gas station at 310 Greenway View Drive. A fire official says a 32-year-old man was pumping gas into his vehicle when a fire erupted, catching his pants on fire, as well as part of the vehicle.
- PUB DATE: 11/25/2013 9:41:21 PM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

Family: Mother and son killed in Grainger Co. house fire

Family members say a woman and her young son were killed in a Grainger County house fire Monday morning. The Grainger County Sheriff's Department confirmed the fire happened on Brantley Acres off Helton Road shortly after 10 a.m. The Chief Deputy originally told 10News that the child killed in the fire was a girl, but family members say the young victim was a boy.
- PUB DATE: 11/25/2013 1:05:50 PM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV Knoxville

Madison County Fire Department adds rapid entry system

The Madison County Fire Department recently implemented the Knox Rapid Entry System, which allows homeowners and businesses to install a lock box for keys on their property, according to a news release. The lock box, known as a Knox Box, gives firefighters access to building keys in the event of a fire alarm or sprinkler activation, the release said.
- PUB DATE: 11/25/2013 5:45:32 AM - SOURCE: Jackson Sun - Metered Site

Knoxville firefighters call on bag of tricks to fight arson

Travis Kincaid loves to tell the story about catching an East Knoxville arsonist. “The news was there (at the fire). The chiefs were there, both the fire and police chiefs. All these cameras, and I was nervous. She wasn’t doing what I wanted,” he recalls. “She” is Bailey, the Knoxville Fire Department’s arson dog since 2009.
- PUB DATE: 11/25/2013 2:01:35 AM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel

Follow Up: Chattanooga fire station closed for a month due to mold

It could be a month before 15 Chattanooga firefighters are able to go back to Fire Station 8 after mold was found throughout their building on Hickory Valley Road. An outside company tested several areas of the station near Lee Highway and found mold in several places, including the dayroom and downstairs portion of the fire station.
- PUB DATE: 11/25/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Timesfreepress.com

Nashville fire crews battle blazes as temperature drops

Firefighters warn with the cold temperatures this week, a little common sense can help keep you safe. Nashville Fire crews said they responded to an increased number of fires over the weekend, likely due to the cold weather. One man in west Nashville took matters into his own hands, using his own hose to tame the flames before fire crews arrived.
- PUB DATE: 11/24/2013 8:53:17 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Elderly man rescued from East Knoxville fire

An elderly man was saved from his burning home on Sunday morning. It happened in East Knoxville on Atlantic Avenue at about 9. Patricia Miller was checking in on Harry Turner, 70, just like she does every weekend. "I came by to check on him and I saw smoke coming from the house, the door was locked, I unlocked it and he was blocking door," she says.
- PUB DATE: 11/24/2013 2:47:14 PM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Knoxville, Knox County working to update arson record-keeping

Knoxville area firefighters know how bad the arson problem is. Getting the word out has been a bigger problem. The city and Knox County both have the issue that other municipalities and counties throughout the country share concerning how fires are registered as arson. At the base of it all is the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) which is the official database for the Department of Homeland Security’s U.
- PUB DATE: 11/24/2013 2:10:52 AM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel - Metered Site

New Deputy Fire Chief for the City of Goodlettsville Chosen

Mark Becknal joins the City of Goodlettsville staff as the new Deputy Fire Chief. Mark has over 25 years of experience in fire service. Becknal recently retired from the City of Houston, TX as Senior Captain, District Training Officer and Paramedic. He has most recently been working as an evaluator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2013 8:27:55 AM - SOURCE: Goodlettsville, TN

Antioch Home Damaged By Fire

A home in Antioch suffered damage in an early morning fire on Friday. Firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the two-story home on Denise Drive when they got on scene around 3 a.m. Three people inside the home were able to get out safely. Firefighters had to cut a hole in the roof to get to the flames.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2013 5:44:07 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Teen charged in mom's arson death in Shelby County court

A judge has set a tentative trial date for a 15-year-old boy charged in adult court with the arson death of his mother, though the teen's defense attorney has left open the possibility of a plea deal. Shelby County Criminal Court Judge James Lammey reserved Aug. 18 as a trial date for Jonathan Ray during the teen's court appearance Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2013 12:16:07 PM - SOURCE: WHBQ MyFox 13 Memphis

Springfield couple displaced by house fire

A Springfield couple escaped unharmed from a house fire on Oak Street Thursday morning. James and Zelda Birchfield observed smoke in their home an hour before discovering the fire. They said they assumed the smoke was coming from their heater, which had acted up in the past. Zelda Birchfield said she opened the home’s doors to clear the smoke.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2013 9:12:52 AM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Chattanooga Fire At Jaycee Towers Injures Resident

One person was injured and four others forced from their homes after fire broke out in an apartment at Jaycee Towers Thursday morning. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at 8:49 a.m. and responded to 500 W. Martin Luther King Boulevard with six fire companies. Battalion Chief Chris Willmore said the fire was in an apartment on the fifth floor.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2013 9:05:18 AM - SOURCE: Chattanoogan

Cause Of Fire At Midtown Restaurant Under Investigation

The cause of a fire at popular restaurant in the midtown area of Nashville Wednesday night remained under investigation. Officials said the fire started just before 9 p.m. on the third floor of Bound'ry inside a chimney. Crews had to knock down the wall surrounding the chimney to put out the small fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2013 6:23:40 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Lebanon Fire Department: Fire forum set to discuss new station

The Lebanon Fire Department is set to hold a public forum Thursday at 5:30 p.m. to discuss a newly proposed fire station on the west side of Lebanon. The meeting will take place at Stonebridge Community Clubhouse at 205 Meandering Drive in Lebanon and is open to the public. The Lebanon City Council is slated to be on hand to answer the publics questions regarding the proposed station, the city’s insurance services organization rating, the proposed location site, volunteer versus paid personnel, response times and any other public safety issues.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2013 2:53:00 AM - SOURCE: The Lebanon Democrat

Chattanooga: Fire at lawn mower repair shop on Dodds Avenue extinguished

Chattanooga firefighters put out a fire Tuesday night at Tidmore's Lawn Mower Repair in the 2300 block of Dodds Avenue. When firefighters arrived on the scene, smoke was showing. A guard dog initially caused concern to firefighters, but eventually they forced entry into the building and extinguished the fire in the workshop.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2013 7:07:47 AM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Investigation begins into Valley Forge blaze that destroyed county teacher's home

A Valley Forge woman is safe but her home of the past several years was rendered a complete loss after a fire burned its way through the structure. On Tuesday, shortly after noon, firefighters were called to 2535 Bob Little Road to combat a fire that had already threatened to consume the doublewide in its entirety.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2013 7:06:47 AM - SOURCE: Elizabethton Star

Memphis family of six escapes raging house fire, credits working smoke detectors

Memphis fire investigators are on the scene at what is left of a home in the 1500 block of Boxwood after an early morning fire. Flames were shooting from the home when Action News 5 got there a little after 3 a.m. Our Action News 5 crew got to the scene right as the Memphis Fire Department was pulling up to the scene.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2013 3:28:30 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Dyersburg board appoints new fire chief

In front of a larger audience than usual, the Dyersburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen met for its regular bi-monthly meeting on Monday evening. The main item of interest was the appointment of a chief for the Dyersburg Fire Department after the sudden retirement of Chief Robert Veal on Oct. 11. After a prayer offered by Alderman Kevin Chaney, Mayor John Holden did not keep the crowd in suspense for long announcing that he was recommending that the board approve Lt.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2013 2:31:04 AM - SOURCE: Dyersburg State Gazette.com

Chattanooga Fire Station 8 temporarily relocates firefighters after mold discovered

Chattanooga firefighters at Station 8 on Hickory Valley Drive have been temporarily relocated after mold was discovered in the building. Fire Chief Lamar Flint said the decision was made Tuesday after tests confirmed mold was present in the station. An environmental cleanup company will be brought in to remove the mold and treat the building to prevent its return.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2013 7:46:37 PM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

New Details Reveal Moments Before Shelbyville Explosion

tate and local fire investigators were at the scene of the massive explosion at the Southern Energy building on Tuesday, trying to figure out what sparked it. Investigators were armed with witness accounts, taken mainly from the man who was injured in Monday's explosion, who is recovering from burns at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2013 5:28:15 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

One seriously hurt in Shelbyville gas explosion

One employee suffered serious burns in a methanol explosion at Southern Energy, Lane Parkway, officials said today. The employee, whose identity has not been released, was loading fuel into a tanker when the explosion occurred, Fire Chief Ricky McConnell said. "The whole wall of the building suddenly blew off," James Brewer, who was standing nearby, said.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2013 7:44:26 AM - SOURCE: Times Gazzette

Former Decherd firefighters badge number retired during tribute

Decherd Fire Department badge number 221 was retired during a tribute ceremony Sunday afternoon, celebrating the life and service Edward “Big Ed” Jones. Mr. Jones’ face and name was well known in the community where he had served as a member of the Decherd Fire Department for 50 years. The small meeting room at Decherd City Hall was filled wall to wall with friends and family celebrating a man who spent his life in the service of others.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2013 5:41:44 AM - SOURCE: The Herald-Chronicle

Man dies in tree trimming accident in South Knoxville

A man died after being hurt in a tree trimming accident Monday morning in South Knoxville. The accident happened at a home on Tomassee Drive. Rural/Metro firefighters arrived to find the man dangling from his safety harness. They were unable to reach him, so members of the Knox County Rescue Squad were called in to assist.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2013 3:27:51 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Fire Department demands fire truck for Red Boiling Springs

Several members of the RBS City Council refused to vote to adjourn the meeting on November 14th, 2013 until sufficient discussion produced an agreement among council members to form a plan to buy a second fire truck. As it emerged, the plan was to have Council Secretary Coby Knight investigate means of securing by loan or grant the funds needed to buy a fire truck made at least in the last 10-12 years.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2013 1:41:05 AM - SOURCE: Macon County Times

New training for Sullivan County fire departments

The Sullivan County fire departments have a new way to get real-life training. On Monday the departments showed the Sullivan County Commission exactly how their new "fire trailer" will improve their training. Sullivan West Fire Chief Drew Deakins says the trailer has several rooms and a garage inside it, giving fire fighters different training that's important for real-life experiences.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCYB.com

Memphis Firefighters Union Releases Video Arguing Its Position In Pension Debate

On Monday, the Memphis Firefighters Union threw another log on the heated debate concerning pension reform. Both fire and police unions are at odds with the city over proposed changes to the retirement plan. Financial experts have said the city cannot sustain the generous pension plan currently in place, so the union paid for its own study — one with a more favorable conclusion — and released a video on YouTube arguing its position.
- PUB DATE: 11/18/2013 4:35:32 PM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Thunderstorms, possible tornadoes leave behind Portland Fire Department damage

The National Weather Service will have teams out in the mid-state on Monday to determine if a tornado touched down in Sumner County on Sunday night. The powerful storms ripped the roof off of a fire station in Portland. The fire chief said it wasn't raining, and the wind was not blowing when they heard a loud noise and the roof was lifted away.
- PUB DATE: 11/18/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newschannel5.com

Intense Fire Fighter Trench Training Concludes

Six weeks of digging, winching and rescuing concluded today for nearly 50 fire fighters from across the Tennessee Valley. Instructor David Bishop,"It involves building shores and securing dirt walls if a trench is falling in on somebody" The fire fighters say the training is necessary when saving construction workers.
- PUB DATE: 11/18/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wdef.com

Blount County firefighters raising $20,000 to buy coats for less fortunate

Firefighters with the Blount County Fire Protection District are halfway to their goal of raising $20,000 to put new or gently used coats in the hands of the less fortunate area residents. Through the Coats for the Community program, the firefighters raise money to purchase new coats. Earlier this month, they raised $10,600 during an auction at First Baptist Church of Maryville, Chief Doug McClanahan said.
- PUB DATE: 11/17/2013 4:58:53 PM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel

Fire rekindles and destroys Sullivan County home

A fire crews put to rest last night, rekindled in the early morning hours Saturday, and now the family is left with a home that firefighter's say is a total loss. Dispatchers said emergency crews were first called out to 5027 Dublin Road at 10:30 Five volunteer fire departments arrived to a fully engulfed home and later were able to extinguish the fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2013 2:18:20 AM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Follow Up: Firefighters clear Townsend lodge fire after 12-hour battle

After putting out hot spots all night, Townsend Volunteer Fire Department cleared the scene of the Dancing Bear Lodge and Restaurant fire at 11:30 a.m. Friday. The devastating blaze left the $2.5 million structure a total loss. The lodge, located between East Lamar Alexander Parkway and Old Tuckaleechee Pike beside Apple Valley Store, caught fire at 12:15 p.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2013 9:31:44 PM - SOURCE: Maryville Daily Times

Follow Up: Investigators still unsure if Midtown Memphis apartment fire was 'intentional'

The investigation continues into a Midtown Memphis apartment fire, which shut down a part of the city last week. The building is boarded up forcing some to find other places to live. Many residents believed it was arson. Fire investigators have not determined if the fire was intentional, and no has been arrested or charged.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2013 3:22:37 PM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

One more name tossed in Algood fire chief hat

A former Cookeville fire chief has also tossed his name into the list of contenders for the Algood fire chief position, according to Algood City Administrator Keith Morrison. John Kendrick confirmed he will be among those interviewed Monday. He joins David Henson and David Judd, who are currently firefighters with the City of Algood, along with Duane Rush and Daniel Snyder in the search for a new Algood fire chief.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2013 3:04:28 PM - SOURCE: Cookeville Herald Citizen

Fire Evacuates Hendersonville Nursing Home

A nursing home in Hendersonville was evacuated due to a fire on Friday morning. It broke out around 5:45 a.m. at National Health Care at 370 Old Shackle Island Road. Hendersonville Police said all residents were able to get out of the building safely after a heating unit caught fire. All of the residents were then taken to another part of the building while firefighters worked to investigate.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2013 5:06:44 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Townsend: Fire burns Dancing Bear Lodge main building

A fire at Dancing Bear Lodge has burned a large part of the main structure. The lodge manager reports no one was injured in the fire. Firefighters say the fire likely started in the chimney Thursday afternoon. The manager on duty heard something in the chimney, went outside and saw flames. The manager and three workers got out safely and fire crews from the Townsend Area Volunteer Fire Department and Blount County Fire Department responded on the scene at 12:18 p.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2013 4:37:41 AM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Henning house fire kills bedridden woman

State fire marshals want to know what started a fire that killed a bedridden Mid-South woman Thursday night. The fire started a little after 8 Thursday night at 121 Virginia Street in Henning, Tennessee, which is in Lauderdale County. Henning police say a bedridden woman in her 60's lived in that home.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2013 3:29:28 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Franklin FD and Williamson Co. EMA work together to improve disaster response

Responding to natural disasters and other emergencies where buildings have been damaged or collapsed is now much more efficient for rescue workers throughout Williamson County, thanks to a joint effort between the Franklin Fire Department and the Williamson County Emergency Management Agency (EMA). The two agencies worked together to create an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) trailer.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2013 3:53:16 PM - SOURCE: Franklin, TN

Baby burned in Cumberland County house fire

An 8-month-old baby was burned in a house fire in Cumberland County Thursday afternoon. Crossville Fire Chief Mike Turner says his crews were called to a burning home on Old Jamestown Highway around 2 p.m. CST. A man and a small child made it out, but the baby was still inside. Firefighters were able to get the baby out, but the child suffered burns and was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2013 3:22:29 PM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Firefighters respond to suspicious house fire in Lake City

Firefighters responded to a house fire in Lake City at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday. According to investigators on scene, the fire is believed to be arson. They found several suspicious items at the scene and are waiting until it is safe to enter the home to gather more information. They also report the fire could have been much worse because of the wooded area nearby.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2013 5:11:13 AM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Donelson home destroyed in overnight fire

A massive fire destroyed a home in Donelson overnight. Neighbors called in the fire, which started around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday on the 2400 block of Smith Springs Road. The home was vacant, but there was power running to it. Officials are not considering it suspicious at this time. The fire marshal is investigating because a cause has not been determined at this time.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2013 4:46:44 AM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Debate Over Firefighter Pensions Continues in Memphis

The head of the Memphis Fire Fighters Union said his group has had a study done on the Memphis city worker’s pension. City officials said major changes need to be made to the plan, because it can't continue without going broke. That's what the mayor said. The firefighter’s union folks said the city report is all smoke and no fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: localmemphis.com

Nashville Fire official: Fire destroyed 8 Hermitage apartments

Eight apartments were destroyed when fire tore through a Hermitage complex early this morning, according to a Nashville Fire official. Crews responded to the flames at about 2:40 a.m. and firefighters were still there six hours later dumping water onto the complex, according to department spokeswoman Kim Lawson.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2013 6:54:53 AM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Murfreesboro gas station closed while officials investigate fire

A fire at a gas station in Murfreesboro has been ruled as accidental. Firefighters could see light smoke coming from the University BP on Middle Tennessee Boulevard when they responded just before 10 p.m. Tuesday. When crews checked it out with a thermal imaging camera, they found a small fire in the attic in the front of the building.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2013 6:15:33 AM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Video: Memphis fire truck crashes into fence at apartment fire

The Memphis Fire Department is still trying to determine what caused a massive fire at the Colonial Apartments Friday evening. The fire broke out just after 5 PM and was knocked down at 5:43. An adult male was treated and released on the scene for a minor injury to his hand. There were no injuries to firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MYFOXMEMPHIS.COM

Fire, mold doom Maryville Laws Building

A severe fire, an argument with an insurance adjustor that put off repairs and an extremely wet year that caused a “mold fest” has led to the demise of a 93-year-old office building in Maryville. Maryville Downtown Design Review Board Tuesday granted owners Richard W. Bishop Jr. and Al Wilson permission to demolish the Laws Building at 316 S.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2013 9:47:56 PM - SOURCE: Maryville Daily Times

Two firefighters injured following partial house collapse, fire in Hickory Hill

Two firemen were injured in a house fire after the ceiling partially collapsed Tuesday. Crews were in Hickory Hill at Kirby Parkway and Kirby Center Cove around 6:15 p.m. when it happened. One firefighter was being treated for a leg injury on the scene. One neighbor said the fire next door was an eye opener.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2013 4:43:35 PM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Hamilton County investigators: Brush Fire Out-of-Control, Couple Cited for 'Uncontrolled Burning'

A couple burning trash in a barrel let the fire get out of hand Tuesday afternoon, according to Hamilton County investigators. At 12:30 pm a neighbor called 9-1-1 reporting a brush fire at 1413 Hotwater Road on Mowbray Mountain. Mowbray Volunteer firefighters found the brush fire that had also ignited a two-car garage and two exterior buildings.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2013 12:36:42 PM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC 9 Chattanooga

2 dogs killed in Knoxville house fire

Two dogs died after a Knoxville home caught fire and filled up with smoke Monday night. The Knoxville Fire Department says the blaze started around 10 p.m. on the 3200 block of Keith Avenue. One of the residents returned home from work to find her house full of smoke and called 911. When firefighters arrived, they found the fire in the basement.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2013 3:48:29 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Jury to decide on suit; Sullivan County Sheriff's Office sued in botched standoff, fire

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office’s lost its bid for immunity against being sued for burning down a mobile home during a botched standoff two years ago. U.S. District Judge J. Ronnie Greer, instead of writing off the blaze as the result of a good-faith mistake, has decided that a jury should decide whether police resorted to heavy-handed tactics when tossing inside a dozen teargas grenades for a fugitive who might not have been there.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bristol Herald Courier

East Tennessee firefighter creates business to save families from house fires

A local firefighter wants families to stay safe and is helping them by assessing homes' and families' fire readiness. Tennessee ranks in the top ten for fire fatalities in the nation, with 80 fire deaths this year. Gary Watlington, who is currently a firefighter at ORNL, wants to see that number drop, so he started his own business called Fireproof Safety Solution to teach people how to prevent and survive house fires.
- PUB DATE: 11/11/2013 8:58:02 PM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Car bursts into flames in Joelton after man drives off road, crashes into tree

A man is in the hospital after a serious crash in Joelton early Sunday morning. The crash was reported around 3 a.m. in the 3900 block of Old Clarksville Pike. Metro police told News 2 the driver ran off of the roadway, went down a hill, and hit a tree, causing the engine, transmission, and several auto parts to come off the vehicle and into someone's yard.
- PUB DATE: 11/10/2013 4:39:08 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Practice makes partners: Greater Chattanooga area rescuers team up for day of training in Sale Creek

Bruce Smith was telling stories about his 27 years of technical rescue missions — which require ropes crews to reach a victim when his emergency radio crackled. He tweaked one of the radio's dials and showed off a 45-name list on its front with corresponding contact numbers. Smith found his channel and a voice came through clearly: "We have a 70-year-old male with a broken leg.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2013 11:44:01 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Overnight Fires Damage Two South Memphis Homes

A pair of house fires kept Memphis firefighters busy early Friday. One fire broke out around 3:45 a.m. at a house in the 1300 block of Mississippi Blvd. south of Trigg Ave. The man who lived there was able to get out OK. He told us that he believes the fire was caused by a candle that was left burning after he went to sleep.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2013 4:12:50 AM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Salvage yard fire in Blount County seen for miles

A fire broke out Thursday morning at a salvage yard in Blount County. Blount County fire officials say workers at Murrell Motors on Doc Norton Road were draining gasoline out of a vehicle when the fire started. When firefighters arrived on scene a little after 10:00 a.m., they saw heavy flames and smoke and immediately began working to put it out.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: wbir.com

Volunteer fire departments face pinch under healthcare law

Under the healthcare law, counties are required to provide heath insurance for firefighters, including volunteer firefighters, but many of the counties are finding that they may not have the funds to provide insurance for departments that operate using dozens of volunteers. For example, Cheatham County has nine firefighters on the payroll, while about 60 to 70 extra men and women work as volunteers.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2013 5:25:42 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Knoxville Fire Department puts skills to the test

Learning in a classroom is far different from learning out in the field; it's something the Knoxville Fire Department knows first hand as they train for a possible natural disaster. The Knoxville Fire Department set up the scenario at an abandoned house on Jacksboro Pike. They placed fake body suits inside the house and then tore through the roof leaving the fire fighters to determine what to do next.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2013 12:33:44 PM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Firefighters battle large fire at Blount County junkyard

A large fire at a Blount County junkyard kept firefighters busy Thursday morning. The blaze started around 10 a.m. at the salvage yard at Murrell Automotive/Recycling at 238 Doc Norton Road. The owner says workers were draining fuel from a car before it was to be crushed. During a process, a spark caused a nearby pile of tires to ignite.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2013 9:21:27 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Fire completely destroys Sevier County home

Flames erupted from an abandoned home in Kodak early Thursday morning. Firefighters said they could see the fire shooting from the house on Douglas Dam Road when they arrived shortly before 1:00 a.m. They stayed on the scene for hours, working to contain the blaze and keep it from reaching a propane tank that sat on the property.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2013 7:48:53 AM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Franklin Couple Comes Home To Find It On Fire

A Franklin couple came home Wednesday night to find their home engulfed in flames. Firefighters were called to the home on Oakwood Drive in Franklin around 7 p.m. The roof was engulfed with flamed when they arrived on scene. The couple who lived in the home was at choir practice when the fire broke out, and came home around 8 p.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2013 5:47:34 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Cumberland County Rescue Squad takes prizes in state competition

Members of the Cumberland County Rescue Squad and Cumberland County Fire Department took first place in the rescue challenge at the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads annual convention held Oct. 4-5 in Pigeon Forge. The challenge this year was a raft and swift-water rescue competition. According to Gerry Latham, the team finished the challenge in 8 minutes and 50 seconds, while the next team came in at 9 minutes and 40 seconds.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2013 2:29:01 AM - SOURCE: Crossville Chronicle

Memphis Firefighters Discover Meth Lab At House Fire

A Memphis landlord is frustrated, after his attempt to help a young family in need of a home ends with him leaving burned. "It was one hell of a mess," said Dick Cochran, who owns the home on the 6400 block of Cheekwood Ave. Cochran says he got a call from his tenant around 1:00 p.m. Wednesday informing him his house was on fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2013 9:22:43 PM - SOURCE: WPTY-TV ABC24-CW30-Fox 16 Memphis

Knoxville boy, 11, severely burned playing with gasoline

An 11-year-old boy was rushed to a hospital Wednesday morning with burns over most of his body caused by playing with gasoline, authorities said. The incident was reported at 6:35 a.m. on Oakcrest Road off Dry Gap Pike. The boy, whose clothes reportedly were burned off his body, was rushed to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, according to Knoxville Police Department Sgt.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2013 7:12:16 AM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel

Man Perishes in Polk County House Fire

Investigators are looking into a deadly fire this Wednesday in Polk County. First responders got the emergency call around 4:45 a.m. to the home of. Highway 411 in Benton. A woman and two children were outside when crews got to the scene. The family told firefighters the father, who reportedly had dementia, initially got out safely but then went back into the burning house.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2013 7:07:59 AM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC 9 Chattanooga

Nashville family discovers fire after being awakened by dog

A family is safe after their dog alerted them to a fire Wednesday morning. Three people were inside the home on the 1700 block of Nassau Street when they woke up to their dog, Lucky, barking. The family saw smoke and tried to put out the fire until firefighters arrived. The fire was inside a wall, so firefighters dug into it to stop it from spreading.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2013 3:37:31 AM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

City of Dyersburg board approves bids, discusses fire chief vacancy

The Dyersburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved a large expenditure for the city's street department as it authorized for a used trackhoe to be purchased from Stribling Equipment in Jackson at its board meeting on Monday evening. City Purchasing Agent Greg Williams made the recommendation after it was determined that the 2002 model currently in operation needed extensive repairs.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2013 3:01:06 AM - SOURCE: Dyersburg State Gazette.com

Two Dyersburg firefighters honored for heroic rescue

Two Dyersburg firefighters were recently honored in Nashville at a "First Responder Award" ceremony held in September and hosted by the Department of Safety and Homeland Security. Firefighter/EMT Jacob Sullivan and firefighter/EMT David Williams were honored for their efforts in saving the life a child during a house fire earlier this spring.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2013 2:13:25 AM - SOURCE: Dyersburg State Gazette.com

Puppies killed in Scott County house fire

A family in Scott County was not injured when their home went up in flames, but four puppies they bred did not. The fire started inside the house in Robbins and spread to nearby cars and eventually the woods. The homeowners say they breed dogs and several of their puppies had already been purchased.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2013 8:19:25 PM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Nashville firefighters quickly stopped fire at restaurant

Fire threatened a beloved Nashville meat and three overnight, but quick work from firefighters kept the flames from spreading. Arnold’s Country Kitchen was filled with smoke soon after midnight when cooking oil caught fire, according to Nashville Fire spokeswoman Kim Lawson. Lawson said a fryer had been left on after the restaurant closed.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2013 7:44:47 AM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Crews battle blaze at Piney Flats home

Flames ripped through a Piney Flats home Monday afternoon. Firefighters rushed to the blaze on Carlton Lane Extension around 2:30 p.m. Monday. After extinguishing the fire inside the house, firefighters had to climb onto the roof and cut a hole to continue fighting the flames in the attic. We're told no one was home during the fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: wcyb.com

Follow-up: Woodbury Fire Investigation Continues

The Memphis Fire Department was called to a fire at a nursing home in Hickory Hill that resulted in the evacuation of 50 to 60 residents. Reports came in just after 5 a.m. on Tuesday of the fire at Newberry Heights in the 5800 block of Newberry Avenue. Officials say alarms alerted the fire department and the residents to the fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/4/2013 8:13:57 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Sevierville and Pigeon Forge firefighters attend joint training

The City of Pigeon Forge Fire Department and the City of Sevierville Fire Departments conducted a joint fire training Monday night and will hold two more Tuesday and Wednesday. The main objectives of this training exercise are to improve safety and efficiency while fighting fires by working together along with sharing policies, procedures, and operating guidelines.
- PUB DATE: 11/4/2013 7:58:54 PM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Man charged with arson for setting tree on fire near Nashville apartments

A man was charged with aggravated arson for allegedly starting a fire that could have put hundreds of apartments in danger. A police officer reported seeing 41-year-old Mark Mitchell pouring liquid from a red gasoline container on a tree in the 500 block of Gay Street. Mitchell then allegedly set it on fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/4/2013 5:43:22 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Hundreds of firefighters gather in Hardin County to train

Hundreds of firefighters from Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee spent the weekend at Hardin County High School. The fifth annual Tennessee River Training weekend, hosted by the Hardin County Fire Department, is about saving the lives of citizens, and each other. One of the key focuses during the two day training is "Rapid Intervention Team Training" or RITT.
- PUB DATE: 11/3/2013 9:23:30 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Two house fires in East Memphis neighborhood, two firefighters injured

Two East Memphis families try to figure out where they will now call home. The first fire happened on Gwynne Road Sunday morning. A single father and his son escaped a propane tank explosion. Investigators said someone accidentally knocked the propane tank over, and the water heater ignited the fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/3/2013 8:55:29 PM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Soddy-Daisy hires first full-time firefighters in its 45-year history

The city of Soddy-Daisy was incorporated in 1969, partly because residents didn't feel like the area had adequate fire coverage. After incorporation, the city got a tanker, on loan from a Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., fire department -- and the tanker had to be towed wherever it went. Those were the old days.
- PUB DATE: 11/2/2013 11:01:26 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Massive downtown Woodbury fire

A fire erupted in downtown Woodbury Friday night around 5:30 P.M. Several buildings were damaged. Two neighboring consignment shops on Main street, run by Glenda Davenport were destroyed. Davenport was at a funeral when she found out about her stores. It took Woodbury Fire Department nearly five hours to put the flames out, with the help of surrounding community stations.
- PUB DATE: 11/2/2013 10:50:44 PM - SOURCE: WZTV Fox 17

Former Chapel Hill fire chief arrested

The former Chapel Hill Fire Department chief was arrested this week following his indictment by the Marshall County Grand Jury, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced Friday. Kenneth Runk, 36, of Chapel Hill, was indicted and arrested Wednesday on one count of theft, one count of attempted theft and one count of official misconduct, according to a TBI press release.
- PUB DATE: 11/2/2013 9:42:44 PM - SOURCE: Columbia Daily Herald

Strong Winds Believed Culprit For Nashville Area House Fires

Neighboring homes in the Crieve Hall area got two visits from Nashville firefighters on Thursday night. Strong wind gusts are believed to have triggered a chain reaction fire at the homes on Overton Road near Rochelle Drive. Firefighters said wind gusts blowing power lines connected to the home caused electricity to flow back into the homes and overload the electrical boxes - causing them to smolder.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2013 11:29:57 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Arrests in McNairy County Truck Arson

WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News has an update on the case of stolen cars being set on fire in McNairy County. Investigators said Steven Keistler and Dennis Martin are now charged with two counts of arson, theft of property, and three counts of vandalism. Investigators said a SUV was stolen on High School Road in Selmer and a logging truck was taken from Beauty Hill Road on October 15.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2013 9:25:52 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Baxter home lost in fire

A fire that authorities were notified about around 4 a.m. this morning has left a Baxter home a “total loss,” according to the Putnam County Fire Department. Asst. Chief Tom Brown said the department cleared the home near the intersection of Baxter Road and Cookeville Boat Dock Road around 9 a.m. this morning.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2013 2:20:04 PM - SOURCE: Cookeville Herald Citizen

Montgomery County ISO rating lowers insurance for 52,000 landowners

More than 52,000 Montgomery County residential and commercial property owners will see a drastic change in their insurance premiums after the Insurance Service Office reevaluated and lowered Montgomery County’s Protection Class rate. County Mayor Carolyn Bowers announced Wednesday that Montgomery County’s Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating has changed from a Protection Class 9 rating to a Protection Class 6 rating following a lengthy multi-year evaluation.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2013 4:35:42 PM - SOURCE: Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle

Chattanooga House Catches Fire for 3rd Time

Less than 24 hours after Chattanooga firefighters were called to a fire at 111 Baker Street in North Chattanooga, they had to go back again Wednesday afternoon. Around 1:30 p.m., the Chattanooga Fire Department was dispatched to the same location after someone called 911 saying they could see smoke coming from the house.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2013 2:36:01 PM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC 9 Chattanooga

Firefighters: Improperly discarded smoking materials caused Chattanooga fire

Improperly discarded smoking materials caused a fire in Chattanooga Tuesday, officials say. Firefighters say they responded to the 3400 block of Persimmon Lane around 6:30 Tuesday evening. Smoke and flames were visible towards the back of the house. Firefighters got it under control quickly, but the house sustained about $30,000 in damages.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2013 5:42:11 AM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

New Brentwood fire engine goes to work

Recently, the Brentwood Fire & Rescue Department took delivery of its newest fire engine. Engine 2, a 2013 Rosenbauer Commander, is housed at Fire Station #2 at 1301 Wilson Pike. The Rosenbauer replaces “old” Engine 2, which has served the city since 2000 — beyond the industry average of 10 years. That apparatus will be rotated into reserve status and remain available for use when a primary engine is temporarily out-of-service for maintenance or repairs.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2013 3:34:54 AM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

2 pit bulls rescued from east Nashville house fire

Fire crews rescued two pit bulls from inside an east Nashville house fire Tuesday. The fire was reported at a home located on North 6th Street and Cleveland Avenue. Upon their arrival, firefighters reported flames and smoke coming from the front of the home. The home sustained damage to its roof. No one was inside the home at the time.
- PUB DATE: 10/29/2013 2:22:25 PM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Crews put out fire at Waste Management facility in South Nashville

(VIDEO) An early morning fire at a Waste Management facility caused a lot of smoke. A truck was dumping trash into a bin at the facility on Antioch Pike when the pile started smoldering. Firefighters sprayed water on the massive garbage pile for hours while crews used heavy machinery to put out the flames.
- PUB DATE: 10/29/2013 7:36:33 AM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Sale Creek Home Built In The 1800s Destroyed By Fire

A home in the Sale Creek area was destroyed by fire Monday night. At 9:00 pm, the homeowner called 911, reporting a fire at his home. Hamilton County Sheriff's officers were the first units on the scene and reported a fully-involved structure fire at 111 Griffith Street. Minutes later, the Sale Creek Volunteer Fire Department arrived and confirmed flames and heavy smoke showing throughout the house.
- PUB DATE: 10/29/2013 5:54:47 AM - SOURCE: Chattanoogan

Pension proposal would save Chattanooga $126 million

The first firm proposal put forth to stabilize Chattanooga's public safety retirement fund and rein in spiraling costs would save the city $126 million over the next 25 years. However, city spending would still rise under the plan, according to The Segal Co., actuary for the Police and Fire Pension Board that oversees the retirement fund.
- PUB DATE: 10/28/2013 9:47:00 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Hawkins County authorities probe possible link between fatal fire, car arsons

Hawkins County detectives are trying to determine if a Sunday arson involving two vehicles in a rural area north of Rogersville is connected to a suspicious fire that took the life of a Morristown man and his grandson early Saturday. Hawkins County investigators believe two vehicles were intentionally set on fire early Sunday at the residence of Luther Mabe, who lives on Laurel Branch Road.
- PUB DATE: 10/28/2013 8:39:37 PM - SOURCE: Kingsport Times-News

Heavy Fog Delays Polk County Firefighters From Saving Home

Firefighters in Polk County say heavy fog played a part in preventing them from saving a burning home early Monday morning. The fire broke out at a home on Columbus Landing in Delano. A grill and burgundy Subaru is pretty much all that's left outside of Joe McClarey's home. Thankfully, he wasn't home when the fire happened.
- PUB DATE: 10/28/2013 3:41:57 PM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC 9 Chattanooga

Harrison home destroyed in early morning fire

Firefighters responded to a fully involved house fire in Harrison Monday morning. Crews responded to the 7400 block of Woodland Bay Drive around 4:35 a.m. Monday. The home as well as vehicles near the house were on fire. Firefighters attacked the fire defensively to keep it from spreading and sprayed down neighboring homes as well.
- PUB DATE: 10/28/2013 2:32:17 AM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

Cagle Mountain Fire Department moves in positive direction

A once divided fire department is united again and the community could be safer for it. 5 months since the Cagle Mountain Volunteer Fire Department board let its fire chief go. During that time, the volunteers were working hard to turn things around. Those we talked with at the station say it's been a long road to improvement and earning back the trust of the community.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2013 11:31:26 PM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

Two saved, one life lost in Elizabethton house fire

Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church members were able to rescue two people from a house fire Sunday morning, but one person died in the blaze. Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes said a fire originated in the stove area of a house at 1427 Riverview Drive around 9 a.m. Sunday. He said passers-by and members of the neighboring Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church noticed smoke coming from the house, called 911 and helped rescue two of the people who were trapped inside.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2013 1:40:03 PM - SOURCE: Johnson City Press

Two overnight fires kill three people in Hamblen County

Three people are dead, including a 4-year-old child, after two separate fires in Hamblen County early Saturday morning. The first fire started around midnight at a house on Spencer Hale Road in Morristown. Willie Jarnigan, 73, and his 4-year-old grandson died in the fire. Willie Shane Jarnigan, who lost his father and son, escaped from the home uninjured.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2013 9:04:58 AM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV Knoxville

Rural/Metro Fire Department Lieutenant Brian Woods named firefighter of the year

The Insurance Professionals of Greater Knoxville (IPGK) has named Rural/Metro Lieutenant Brian Woods as the Firefighter of the Year for the Knoxville area. Woods’ recognition from the Insurance Professionals at its Oct. 15 annual awards banquet was in large part due to his work as an instructor for Rural/Metro’s Fire Cadet Academy training program at South-Doyle High School.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2013 5:33:14 AM - SOURCE: Knoxville Daily Sun

Police: Space heater may have caused family's multigenerational Elizabethton home to burn

Authorities believe a space heater that was left unattended may have ultimately led to the destruction of a home in a secluded Stoney Creek neighborhood. On Thursday afternoon, despite the intervention of three volunteer fire departments, authorities said that fire, smoke, and heat damage might have rendered the house at 125 Clyde White Road – the home of Joe and Melanie Oliver – a “total loss.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2013 7:05:05 AM - SOURCE: Elizabethton Star

Chattanooga Furnace Explosion & Fire Injures Employees

A furnace explosion and fire injured six, hospitalized three, and kept firefighters busy Friday morning. The explosion happened at about 7:15 a.m. at Designed Alloy at the 3300 block of Alton Park Boulevard in Chattanooga. Firefighters tell us 6 people were hurt. Three were transported to the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2013 6:36:09 AM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC 9 Chattanooga

Blount County couple safe after mobile home catches fire

A couple is okay after their mobile home went up in flames Friday morning. Blount County dispatch confirms firefighters responded to the blaze around 4:30 a.m. on Williamson Chapel Road. The residents were able to safely exit the house. The Greenback Fire Department responded to the fire, and the Blount County Fire Department assisted.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2013 4:22:35 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Reports of explosion, fire at Orange Mound house

A man is being treated for third-degree burns after part of a duplex house exploded Thursday evening in the 2400 block of Brooklyn in the Orange Mound neighborhood of Memphis, fire spokesman Lt. Wayne Cooke said. "The west and north side of the house was completely blown off," Lt. Cooke said. Two people were injured in the duplex house explosion.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2013 9:44:40 PM - SOURCE: WHBQ MyFox 13 Memphis

Fairfield Glade Fire Department deems electrical wiring cause of blaze

The Fairfield Glade Fire Department received a call of a possible structure fire on Sunday morning, Oct. 20 around 10:45 a.m. The 911 call told fire crews that a neighbor living on Fairway Drive reported seeing smoke coming out of the gable end vents and the roof vents of a neighbor’s home. When the first Fire Department units arrived, the smoke was light and a 360 inspection was completed by the first arriving captain.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2013 3:41:18 AM - SOURCE: Crossville Chronicle

Pleasant View: Where there's fire, there's Roger

When it comes to passion and loyalty, Pleasant View resident Roger Ellis finds both in the presence of his unofficial adopted family of the town’s firefighters. “I love these guys to death,” said Ellis, rattling off the names of his heroes from former chief Shane Ray to current chief P. J. Duncan, Derek Noe, Trey Nelms, Brian Collins, Larry Armstrong and Jeremy Martin.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2013 12:17:04 AM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Dollywood launches heroes tour with vintage fire truck

Dollywood and firefighters gathered at Knoxville Fire Station 1 Wednesday to announce a heroes tour to honor firefighters. As part of the FireChaser Express Heroes Tour, Dollywood has commissioned a vintage 1941 Ford fire truck to visit local fire stations as it travels throughout East Tennessee. A stop at each fire department will allow firefighters to sign the fire hose, which will be prominently displayed when the attraction opens in 2014.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2013 2:51:10 PM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Bradley County Fire Board eyes truck repairs and volunteers

Members of the Bradley County Fire Board discussed the need to make sure all its trucks are in working order and the need for new volunteers at its meeting Tuesday. On Nov. 12, Bradley County Fire-Rescue will have its Insurance Service Office audit, and the ratings given to the department that are used by insurance companies to determine what rates they will charge.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2013 1:42:56 PM - SOURCE: Cleveland Daily Banner

Brentwood firefighters respond to 2 heating unit fires in 2 days

As the temperatures dropped this week, the Brentwood Fire & Rescue Department responded to two heating related fires in 24 hours prompting the department to remind residents of the importance of annual maintenance inspections on heating systems. At about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, firefighting crews responded to a call about heavy smoke billowing from a home on Victoria Cove.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2013 8:38:18 AM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Residents Evacuated from Brentwood Hotel

Firefighters responded to an air conditioner fire at around 6:30 a.m. in Brentwood. The fire at the Candlewood Suites on Virginia Way was out when the fire department arrived. Residents are evacuated from the hotel at this time from the building due to smoke in the hallways, but are starting to be allowed back in.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2013 5:24:01 AM - SOURCE: WZTV Fox 17

Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department reaches out to the community

Members of the Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department are hoping to become more visible in the communities they serve over the next year. Planning is currently in the works for a series of community events at each of the department’s five stations in Cheatham and Robertson counties, according to chief P.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2013 3:16:05 AM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Soddy-Daisy adds paid firefighters

For the first time in the city’s 44 years, Soddy-Daisy now has paid staff members in its Fire Department. Six full-time employees and 12 part-time employees started their duties last week. Hardie Stulce, a one-time fire chief who has been a volunteer firefighter in the city since 1970 and currently serves as city manager, said the staff members were needed to respond to fires during daytime hours when most of the 50 members of the volunteer staff are at work.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2013 12:00:59 AM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Multi-vehicle car fire at Murfreesboro RT Auto Sales closes outbound lane

Just after 8:15 this morning, Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s Engine 5, Ladder 9, and District 7 responded to a multi-vehicle fire at RT Auto Sales located at 5615 N.W. Broad St. On initial response, crews were told one vehicle was on fire and it was unknown if it was endangering other vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2013 7:19:28 AM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

Fire investigator reminds Sparta residents of burning laws

Sgt. Jeff Hutson of the Sparta Police Department is passionate about investigating fires and is Sparta’s only fire investigator with arresting powers. As October is recognized as Fire Prevention Month, Sgt. Hutson explains the number of fires reported in the city, as well as the laws concerning illegal burning.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2013 1:47:18 AM - SOURCE: Expositor - My Sparta News

3 killed in medical helicopter crash near Somerville

A medical helicopter from Hospital Wing Memphis, headed to Bolivar to pick up a young patient in renal failure, crashed in Somerville early Tuesday morning, killing the pilot, a nurse and a respiratory therapist on board. The helicopter plummeted into a thickly wooded area about a mile south of Fayette Academy on U.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Commercial Appeal

None hurt during machinery fire at Paolo Products in Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department’s Districts 1 and 2 responded to a machine fire at Paulo Products Company at 1307 Rutledge Way just after 1:30 Monday afternoon. Engine 3 and Rescue 9 were also dispatched, but were later canceled. Upon arrival, crews discovered a moderate amount of smoke coming from a piece of machinery that was attached to the rear left side of the building.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2013 1:32:14 PM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

Bradley County EMS And Firefighters receive a heart-felt thank you

Jeffrey Hussey, Sr. displayed his sincere appreciation on Sunday to all of the responders who helped his son on April 10, when he was involved in a serious bicycle crash. All of the responders and the Hussey family met at the Bradley County Firehall Station #8 downtown and had a cook-out and an award presentation.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2013 8:51:15 AM - SOURCE: Chattanoogan

Dyer County: Burned RV being investigated as arson case

The Dyer County Sheriff's Office is working with Arkansas law enforcement officials to determine who may have stolen a recreational vehicle in Arkansas and burned it near the Mississippi River in Dyer County. According to Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box, a 2000 Fleetwood Discovery RV was stolen in Blytheville, Ark.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2013 1:53:53 AM - SOURCE: Dyersburg State Gazette.com

Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department Combat Challenge Team vies in national event

Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s Combat Challenge Team participated in the Scott Firefighter Combat Nationals October 11-12 in Montgomery, Ala. Under the direction of Coach Bob Decker, Chad Davis, Kevin Leonard, Brian Lowe, Josh Parsons, Ray Robinson and Matt Young, qualified for the nationals in September after competing in their first-ever regional competition in Lexington, Ky.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2013 1:49:49 AM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

Springfield family of 12 displaced after fire

A family of 12 is recovering after having lost everything an early Friday fire. Pleasant View Fire Chief P.J. Duncan said the Red Cross had been called in to assist the displaced family. As of Saturday, they were staying with relatives, Duncan said. Firefighters were called to the family's home at 3775 Hoods Branch Road at about 3 a.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2013 11:02:47 AM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Dover fire chief requests inspection authorization

Dover Fire Chief Rick Sheets asked Dover Board of Mayor and Aldermen members at the regular meeting on Oct. 14 for authorization to continue the fire safety inspections at local businesses, which they approved by ordinance in 2011. He refreshed their memories on the provisions, stating that a courtesy inspection would be done to detail the safety issues, and a return visit in 30 days would check the progress being made.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2013 2:07:54 PM - SOURCE: Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle

Injured Chattanooga firefighters recount experience

Two of the three firefighters injured October 7 in a house fire spoke about their experience Friday. Senior Firefighter Dan Peterson and Firefighter Chad Williams were with more than a dozen firefighters who responded to the 2800 block of 4th Avenue. They were among the first to go in. They had zero visibility due to the thick black smoke.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2013 9:47:48 AM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

Daughter Arrested for Arson of Mother's West Nashville Home

The daughter of a west Nashville homeowner is arrested for arson after fire department determines fire to be incendiary. Metro Police have arrested 27-year-old Antoinette Martin on two charges of arson from an Oct. 3 fire at her mother's house at the 700 block of 28th Avenue North. She is in the Davidson County Jail with a $35,000 bond.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2013 6:03:11 AM - SOURCE: WZTV Fox 17

Rossville Home Gutted By Fire

A home on Eric Drive in Rossville is now just a blackened shell after an early morning fire. "It'll probably be totaled out. The three bedrooms on the north end of the contents were saved, they are going to be smoky and wet. The fire actually went up into the attic and ruined the attic on the north end," said Walker County Fire Marshall Waymond Westbrook.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2013 3:47:58 PM - SOURCE: WDEF-TV Channel 12 CBS Chattanooga

Fleeing theft suspects hit Mt. Juliet home with truck

Two theft suspects police believe were involved in a nearby burglary at a home under construction Wednesday afternoon left a trail of destruction after crashing into a nearby home in a truck. The incident happened in the 1000 block of Carriage Trail at about 12:30 p.m. One person was in the home at the time, but no injuries were reported.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2013 3:30:44 AM - SOURCE: The Lebanon Democrat

Mobile Home Park Evacuated After Fire Breaks Out in Murfreesboro

Firefighters evacuated part of a mobile home park when flames ripped through a home and threatened the surrounding structures. Emergency officials were called to the home off Mount Tabor Road and Manchester Pike around 7 p.m. Wednesday. The residents were home at the time of the fire, but everyone was able to make it out safely.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: newschannel5.com

Mt. Juliet talks emergency response

The Mt. Juliet Commission met Monday where commissioners passed a resolution making the city the primary responder for all fire-related calls in the city. Only three commissioners were present, Vice Mayor James Maness, Art Giles and Jim Bradshaw. The resolution, which passed unanimously, approves an agreement between Mt.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2013 1:59:24 AM - SOURCE: The Lebanon Democrat

Follow-up: Hydrants could be giving false sense of security in Wilson County

(VIDEO) Residents in rural Wilson County are concerned about their homes, because they say there is no guarantee nearby fire hydrants will work in the case of a fire. When emergency strikes, seconds count. But if you think having a fire hydrant nearby somehow makes you safer, some say it could instead be giving you false sense of security.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2013 8:40:12 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Fire destroys home of Clarksville woman, grandson

A Clarksville woman and her 7-year-old grandson were displaced by a fire Tuesday morning that destroyed the interior and roof of their home. At 9:16 a.m., Clarksville Fire Rescue was dispatched to 925 Greenwood Ave. and arrived to heavy smoke coming from the home, said Fire Marshal Ray Williams. No one was inside, and firefighters had the fire under control in 20 minutes.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2013 4:01:36 PM - SOURCE: Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle

3rd fire breaks out at RockTenn recycling factory

Another fire broke out at the RockTenn recycling factory Tuesday morning. This was the third time in 24 hours that crews had to put out a fire at the factory on 19th Avenue North. All three fires were in different locations inside the building. On Tuesday morning, some recycling material caught fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2013 5:58:26 AM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Wilson County Fire Hydrants Under Scrutiny

After two fire hydrants malfunctioned during a fire in rural Wilson County Saturday, FOX 17 has learned it could have been years since they were last inspected. Fortunately no one was hurt when flames engulfed a small house just before 5am off North Dickerson Road in rural Wilson County. It took firefighters close to twenty minutes to arrive on scene and when they did they found two malfunctioning fire hydrants within a one mile radius in the area.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2013 10:24:13 PM - SOURCE: WZTV Fox 17

Fire damages farmer's barn in Sale Creek

A sudden blaze in Sale Creek ignited several hundred bales of hay Monday afternoon. Firefighters needed backhoes to pull burning hay bales out of a farmer's barn to extinguish the fire. The Sale Creek Volunteer Fire Department responded to a neighbor's call of a barn fire at 14322 Back Valley Road at 1:15 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2013 9:03:26 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Man Injured In Aluminum Plant Accident in Maury County

A worker at the Tennessee Aluminum Processors plant in Maury County is recovering from serious burns he got in an accident at the plant on Friday. The Mount Pleasant Fire Department said the man stumbled into a pot of hot aluminum. Sources told NewsChannel 5 the man, whose name has not been released, suffered burns to at least 40 percent of his body.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2013 5:09:33 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Man survives 100-foot fall from Lawrence County bluff

A Lawrence County man fell almost 100 feet from a bluff early Monday morning, prompting nine emergency departments to assist in his rescue, authorities said. The unidentified man was flown by helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with serious injuries. Crews responded to the fallen man at about 4:45 a.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2013 4:36:19 PM - SOURCE: Robertson Country Times

Memphis fire safety improves despite September death

While his death illustrates the horrific power of house fires, fatalities resulting from them are increasingly rare. Across the nation, fire deaths have dropped sharply in recent decades. Vaughn’s death brought the number of fire fatalities in Memphis this year to three. If current trends hold, Memphis will see fewer fire deaths in 2013 than in any year on record, fire department director Alvin D.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2013 4:22:07 AM - SOURCE: Jackson Sun

Firefighters have trouble finding water at Wilson County house fire

A house fire burned in rural Wilson County as Wilson Emergency Management Agency firefighters searched for a working hydrant early Saturday morning. WEMA Director John Jewell said a fire broke out at 4:42 a.m. at an unoccupied home at 425 N. Dickerson Road at the corner of Beasley’s Bend and N. Dickerson Road.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2013 2:39:47 AM - SOURCE: The Lebanon Democrat

Dyersburg Fire Chief Veal retires after 38 years of service

The annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service hosted by the Dyersburg Fire Department each of the last five years is primarily a time set aside to honor the three DFD firefighters that paid the ultimate sacrifice. However, city officials, residents and firefighters attending Friday's memorial service unknowingly were given an opportunity to honor one of their own for his years of dedication and service as Fire Chief Bob Veal announced that he would be retiring effective immediately after 38 years at the department.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2013 2:12:26 AM - SOURCE: Dyersburg State Gazette.com

5 year-old girl killed in overnight Memphis house fire

An overnight fire has claimed the life of a 5-year-old girl. The girl was asleep inside a home on Riley Alley, with her parents and her 6-year-old brother, when the fire broke out just after midnight. Firefighters say when they got there the parents and the boy were already outside, but the little girl was still inside.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2013 7:40:41 AM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Former Decherd firefighter dies in tragic accident

Edward Jones, known by many in Franklin County as “Big Ed,” passed away after a fire-related incident at his home last week. According to Public Safety Director Ross Peterson, Jones, 85, of N. Diagonal Street in Decherd, started a fire on at his residence Tuesday evening, Oct. 8 when he suffered from an unknown medical condition, causing him to fall into the flame.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2013 2:46:09 AM - SOURCE: The Herald-Chronicle

Knox County: Rural/Metro names new fire chief

Rural/Metro has a new fire chief in Knox County. Gene Blaylock, who's worked for the department since it came to Knox County in 1977, will take on the top job. Over the course of his 36-year career, Blaylock has served at five stations and received numerous promotions, culminating in his recent advancement to fire chief.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2013 11:25:49 AM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV Knoxville

Follow-up: Germantown Finds Success In Running Its Own Ambulance Service

(VIDEO) Germantown ambulances are put to the test on another emergency call. Now they are the ones being held accountable for how long it takes an ambulance to get there. “It’s been going quite well,” says Germantown Fire Chief John Selberg. He says three months in and everything is on track. Germantown cut ties with Shelby County’s contracted ambulance service, then hired nine additional workers and rented four ambulances, and put them on the streets.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2013 7:31:53 AM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Mt. Juliet Firefighters Settling Into New Jobs

The firefighters at Mt. Juliet's Station One have been on the job for less than two weeks. After working for more than 15 years to make it happen, the city finally launched its own department instead of having to depend on the county. Firefighters have only been sent to about 20 calls so far, and none of them have been structure fires, but Chief Erron Kinney said it is good practice in a community that has already embraced them.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2013 7:29:51 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Fire consumes Hendersonville home, 1 hospitalized

A Hendersonville man was injured Tuesday while cooking in a basement kitchen of his mother’s home, a Hendersonville fire official said. Joseph Biggers was transported to Hendersonville Medical Center for smoke inhalation and released a few hours later, said Fire Department Deputy Assistant Bob Galoppi.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2013 6:46:06 PM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Former Ripley fire chief faces allegations of theft, misconduct

A former fire chief who faced sexual harassment accusations just months ago, is now facing a new set of allegations. Former Ripley Fire Chief Felix Moore faced a judge Wednesday on a three-count indictment accusing him of stealing the city's money. Many Ripley residents say they had no idea their former fire chief, Felix Moore, had even been indicted.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2013 4:46:55 PM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Sevier County fire departments serious about Fire Prevention Month

October is widely recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but in Sevier County, local fire departments are doing their part to make it known that Fire Prevention Month also comes with the year's cooler weather. Chief Tony Watson and Pigeon Forge Fire Department hosted an open house Monday afternoon, teaching visitors about fire prevention and safety, while giving tours of the department's main station on Pine Mountain Road.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2013 11:27:32 AM - SOURCE: Sevierville Mountain Press

Jackson Exchange Club recognizes Madison County Lt. Shane Barnes as firefighter of the year

Madison County Fire Department Lt. Shane Barnes was honored Tuesday by the Jackson Exchange Club as firefighter of the year. Barnes and his family were in attendance at the Exchange Club’s weekly meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel in Jackson. Madison County Mayor Jimmy Harris also was in attendance and thanked Barnes for his service.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2013 8:10:38 AM - SOURCE: Jackson Sun

Spring Hill man who survived horrific grease fire on path to recovery

A Spring Hill man faces a long recovery after he was burned on nearly 70 percent of his body. To make matters worse, the fire happened in a remote cabin with no cell service and no hospital nearby. But Clay Bradley survived, and the 23-year-old is now well on his way to healing. "It was both my legs, both my arms and a little bit of my back," Bradley said.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2013 6:39:37 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Two juveniles arrested for setting string of fires in Brainerd

Chattanooga fire investigators have announced they have caught two juveniles suspected of setting fires in the Brainerd area. Capt. Anthony Moore with the fire investigation division said the two males — one 12 years old and the other 13 — were charged Monday. The 12-year-old was charged with a count of arson and six counts of setting fire to personal property while the other suspect was charged with a count of arson.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2013 6:30:00 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Follow-up: Chattanooga firefighter hurt in Fourth Avenue fire returning home after treatment

The Chattanooga Fire Department has reported that a firefighter injured Monday in a structure fire on Fourth Avenue is returning home today after getting added treatment for burns at Vanderbilt Hospital's burn unit in Nashville. Two other firefighters had also been burned in the fire that caused an estimated $60,000 in damage.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2013 6:29:59 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Nashville Fire Deputy Chief: Turning on the heat at home could lead to house fires

As the temperatures outside turn cooler, many families are beginning to turn on their homes' heating systems, but for some, that could lead to having to make a call to firefighters. Two fires early Tuesday in Nashville were caused by heaters, investigators said. "We, unfortunately, see a lot of fires where the temps drop down and the thermostats will cause them to come on, causing a fire," said Nashville Fire Deputy Chief Kim Lawson.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2013 3:56:26 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

La Vergne home heavily damaged by fire

It took firefighters nearly three hours to extinguish the flames that heavily damaged a home in the Woodland Hills subdivision Tuesday morning. Firefighters from two of the city’s three fire halls, in addition to the Almaville Volunteer Fire Department, responded to the call at 1402 Emory Oak Cove, said city spokeswoman Kathy Tyson.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2013 10:38:46 AM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

Man Suffers Minor Burn In Nashville House Fire

A man suffered minor injuries after waking up to find his home on fire early Tuesday morning. The fire was believed to have started in the kitchen, and spread to other parts of the home on 22nd Court North around 1:30 a.m. First responders reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the home when they got on the scene.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2013 7:59:02 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Firefighters Battle House Fire In West Nashville

Investigators were on the scene of a vacant house fire on Tuesday morning. First responders reported flames and smoke coming from the home on Westlawn Court when they got on the scene around 5:15 a.m. The neighbors said the owners had just moved out of the home, and there were only a few items left in the home that they had planned to come back and get.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2013 4:10:33 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Murfreesboro firefighters awarded for delivering Labor Day baby

Three members of the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department were honored Monday afternoon for delivering a baby in the bathroom of a private home on Labor Day. Steve Ellison and Jeremy Spivey, firefighters, and Joel Patnode, an engine driver, were issued letters of commendation during a ceremony at the fire station for assisting Brooke Pittman deliver her daughter, Molly.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2013 2:17:06 AM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

Houston County Firefighter’s Association: First Firefighter's Olympics not likely to be last

The Houston County Firefighter’s Association hosted its first Firefighter’s Olympics on Sept. 28, and members hope to make it an annual event. The Olympics were held at Houston County High School and featured five team events and five individual events. Team events were a Bucket Brigade, Tug of War, Handline Drill, Ladder Drill and a 200-meter Relay.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:

Nashville firefighters rescue swimmer while on Florida vacation

A lifesaving action has turned three Nashville firefighters, who were vacationing with family in Florida, into local celebrities. It was a classic case of being in the right place at the right time when the rescuers helped revive a man who had a seizure while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico at Panama City.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2013 5:14:27 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Three Chattanooga firefighters injured while searching for people in a burning building

(VIDEO)Three Chattanooga firefighters received non-life threatening injuries while battling a blaze at 2813 Fourth Avenue just before 11 a.m. this morning. Firefighters arrived on scene and learned that someone still might be inside the structure that is split with a residence on one side and a business on the other, according to Bruce Garner, public information officer for Chattanooga Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2013 11:48:21 AM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Memphis: Ceremony honors Mid-South firefighters

Mid-Southerners gathered in Memphis Sunday to honor firefighters who paid the ultimate price. More than 50 firefighters lost their lives fighting fires in the Bluff City. The Fire Museum of Memphis hosted a memorial service to honor those 53 firefighters. During the event, a bell rang for each of the fallen men and women.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2013 4:46:27 PM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Sullivan tapped as Bradley County deputy chief

Bradley County Fire Chief Troy Maney has named former Cleveland firefighter and current Bradley County arson investigator Donnie Sullivan, to the deputy chief position at Bradley County Fire-Rescue. Sullivan retired in 2012, after 30 years of service with the Cleveland Fire Department. Sullivan, a lieutenant, was the Fire and Arson investigator for CFD.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2013 9:28:24 AM - SOURCE: Cleveland Daily Banner

Putnam fire department strives to keep improving

With more than a dozen stations scattered throughout the county and around 72 people on staff today, Putnam County’s fire department has seen many changes since it first formed in the late 1970s. “Fire service has changed over the years since I started,” said Chief Daryl Blair, who joined the department in 1985 and took over as chief a decade later.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2013 10:36:21 PM - SOURCE: Cookeville Herald Citizen

Milan Captain Floersch remembered as an 'old school firefighter'

Milan Fire Department Capt. Richard Floersch was remembered Friday as an “old school firefighter,” a role model and a community servant. Floersch, 59, died of a heart attack while on duty this week. He was honored by relatives, friends and his firefighter family during a service held at Bodkin Funeral Home on Friday.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2013 3:38:32 AM - SOURCE: Jackson Sun - Metered Site

Dyer County fire committee OKs three fire trucks

Members of the Dyer County Fire Committee approved moving forward to secure not two -- but three -- fire trucks for the county at a meeting on Thursday, Oct. 3. County commissioners present at the meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the basement conference room of the Dyer County Courthouse opened with a presentation by Dyer County Fire Chief James Medling.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2013 2:28:31 AM - SOURCE: Dyersburg State Gazette.com

Follow Up: Memphis teen indicted for mother's fire death

A Shelby County Grand Jury indicted a 15-year-old on charges of first-degree murder stemming from a fire earlier this year in which his mother was killed. Investigators arrested Jonathan Ray after his family's Hickory Hill home caught fire in April. His mother, Gwendolyn Wallace, died in the fire. The fire started on a stairway and trapped Wallace on the second floor of the residence, according to officials.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2013 12:53:46 PM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Knox fire chief Jerry Harnish to manage Rural/Metro of Tennessee

Rural/Metro of Tennessee announced Friday it has named Knox County Fire Chief Jerry Harnish as interim division general manager. Harnish is replacing Rob Webb, who resigned Monday. Rural/Metro of Tennessee includes emergency operations in Knox, Blount, Loudon, Franklin and Polk counties. Harnish, who has been Knox County fire chief for six years, has 33 years of experience in fire and emergency operations, according to a news release from Rural/Metro.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2013 8:16:56 AM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel

Nasheville Police find baby in filthy home while arresting man for arson

The search for a burglary and arson suspect ended with an additional charge of child neglect for a Madison man. Metro police uncovered unsanitary and unsafe conditions Thursday night at Steven Horner's home on Comanche Run in the Woods of Neely's Bend subdivision. According to a police report obtained by Nashville's News 2, Horner shared a bedroom in the home with a 7-month-old child.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2013 5:03:00 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Family evacuated after house fire in Frayser

Firefighters are on the scene of a house fire in Frayser. According to investigators, a fire began around 3:15 a.m. in the 3600 block of Suzanne Drive. Neighbors confirmed a mother and her two sons live in the home. Officials stated everyone did get out on the home safely. An early inspection of the home shows the fire started in the back bedroom.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2013 4:09:57 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Follow-up: Rescue workers cope with emotional trauma of I-40 crash

Emergency responders from all over the region worked around the clock to help people involved in Wednesday's horrific crash on Interstate 40 that killed eight people. Now there is an effort to make sure the people who worked tirelessly to care for others will also take care of their own mental health.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2013 9:36:11 PM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV Knoxville

Landmark Jackson Restaurant Burns Down

A landmark restaurant in East Jackson burned down early Thursday morning. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Crews took down what’s left of Mary Long’s Cafe on Thursday. “This is the place where our family comes to gather and talk about the good times, talk about the bad times,” Marquita Long, a relative of the owner said.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2013 12:36:30 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Identifying 8 I-40 bus crash victims may take days, troopers say

It could take a couple of days to identify some of the eight people killed in a fiery bus crash in Tennessee because some of the victims were so badly burned, the highway patrol said Thursday. Sgt. Bill Miller said said a forensic team expected to use dental records to identify some victims. A North Carolina church bus blew a tire while traveling home on Interstate 40 on Wednesday, veered across a highway median and crashed into a sport utility vehicle and tractor-trailer.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2013 4:42:10 AM - SOURCE: Memphis Commercial Appeal

Milan Fire Captain Dies on Duty

City leaders in Milan confirm Captain Richard Floersch, 56, died while on duty, Wednesday morning. Fire Chief James Fountain said Floersch was working a 24-hour shift. He suffered the heart attack while at the fire house. Floersch was a 36-year veteran of the department. Chief Fountain calls Floersch's death a great loss for the city.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2013 9:36:28 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Memphis Towers Fire Was Set Intentionally

A fire at Memphis Towers Tuesday night was set intentionally, according to the Memphis Fire Department. A warrant for aggravated arson has been issued for 55-year-old Lenel Peoples. About 200 people were evacuated from the building, and seven families received assistance from the Red Cross. Total damage was estimated at $50,000 each for building and contents.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2013 4:42:01 PM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Boy who alerted Lawrence County residents of apartment fire honored by officials

A young boy who alerted neighbors to a fast moving fire at a Lawrence County apartment complex last week was recognized at his school Wednesday by local officials. During a surprise ceremony at Ingram Sowell Elementary, Johnathan Bent, a third grader, was honored by a group of city, county, state and school leaders for his bravery.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2013 1:46:45 PM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Trash, debris make Knoxville house fire harder to extinguish

Trash and debris inside a home made it more difficult for crews fighting a fire Wednesday morning in an East Knoxville house. The Knoxville Fire Department said the home caught on fire around 4:30 a.m. on the 5300 block of Mohawk Drive. A neighbor alerted officials of the blaze. Once on scene, firefighters found heavy smoke with flames spreading through an upstairs rear window.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2013 3:19:13 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Sevierville: Arson confirmed in Apple Ridge Way house fires

The city’s fire investigator has confirmed that last week’s set of five fires that happened in one night along a single road were intentionally set. City Fire Marshal Tommy White had initially suspected arson as the cause of the fires on Apple Ridge Way, and Monday he confirmed that was the case. “In light of evidence collected at the scene and the subsequent investigation to date, it is apparent that the five house fires were set intentionally,” White said.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2013 2:26:49 AM - SOURCE: Sevierville Mountain Press

Mt. Juliet firefighters prepare to serve the city

Mt. Juliet Fire Chief Erron Kinney looked hot and tired at a training session last week in Lebanon that featured flames licking all around him, but he was also at ease as he addressed his newly assembled staff of full-time firefighters and a handful of volunteers. “Where the rubber meets the road,” Kinney said.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2013 12:42:43 AM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Murfreesboro firefighters credited for saving animals at Discovery Center

Murfreesboro firefighters who responded to a smoke alarm found more than just smoke upon their arrival. Management at the Discovery Center in Murfreesboro say firefighters saved spiders, snakes and lizards early Tuesday morning after a heating lamp caused a fire that damaged a small room near the animal display.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2013 10:46:11 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Sevier County firefighters, residents prepare for wildfire season

With fire season just around the corner, officials in Sevier County are making sure their community and surrounding area is prepared for the worst. Wildfires have been raging in the western United States for months. From Arizona to Washington, few states have been spared. While East Tennessee has been lucky recently, it's been only six months since fire destroyed 52 cabins in Pigeon Forge.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2013 9:42:10 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville