(Photo by BC Rick Boatwright)
By Bruce Garner
Chattanooga (TN) firefighters responded to a fire Saturday aternoon at 2638 Churchill Downs Circle. The homeowner told firefighters that he was burning weeds with a torch around a playground in his backyard, when the rubber mulch covering the ground caught on fire. The fire burned up the play area and then headed for his house.
The flames were melting the siding on the house and threatening to catch the exterior wall on fire. Firefighters put the fire out quickly, limiting the damage to the siding on the house.
Battalion Chief Rick Boatwright said one firefighter was injured when he climbed up into the attic to make sure the fire didn’t get inside. As he was getting ready to climb back down, the attic ladder collapsed and the firefighter fell to the floor. The firefighter was transported to Erlanger East where his condition would be assessed. Chief Boatwright said his injuries were not life-threatening.
The dollar loss from the fire was estimated at $5,000. The cause of the fire has been ruled accidental.
Bruce Garner is the Chattanooga (TN) Fire Department Public Information Director.