published Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Chattanooga man crawls to escape early morning blaze

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The Chattanooga Fire Department sent five companies to contain a blaze at 2908 Fifth Ave. early Tuesday morning, with temperatures in the single digits.

Trois Johnson, 67, said he was awakened about 2 a.m. by the sound of “popping.” Johnson said that when he opened his bedroom door, he encountered smoke and heat, and had to crawl on his hands and knees to escape through a side door.

Although the fire was contained to about two rooms, the rest of the house had smoke and water damage. The total loss was estimated at $50,000.

Johnson was taken to Parkridge Medical Center by Hamilton County EMS for treatment of smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the fire investigation division.

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