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Electrical Fire Forces Evacuation of Tennessee High-Rise

03/17/2014
By Bruce Garner Chattanooga (TN) firefighters rushed to J.C. Towers on W. Martin Luther King Boulevard around 11:30 this morning on a reported high-rise fire. Battalion Chief Lesley Morgan said firefighters located the fire in a mechanical room on the eighth floor. The firefighters got the fire out in less than 10 minutes, but it generated a lot of smoke, which spread throughout the eighth floor and higher. The firefighters began to immediately evacuate residents from the eighth floor and above. Chief Morgan called for a second alarm response to bring in additional firefighters to help with the evacuation. Many of the residents have physical disabilities, so the firefighters had to assi...

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