published Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Firefighters brave frigid weather to fight blaze at Chattanooga duplex

The fire at 1507 Taylor Street. Photo by Deputy Chief Chris Adams.
The fire at 1507 Taylor Street. Photo by Deputy Chief Chris Adams.
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Chattanooga firefighters had to deal with a number of challenges when they were dispatched to a duplex fire around 6:30 this morning at 1507 Taylor Street.

The first firefighters on the scene found that the nearest hydrant was frozen and unusable, according to a news release.

Firefighters also encountered live power lines on the ground, so EPB was called in to cut the power to the lines, the release stated.

Due to the extreme cold, water quickly froze on firefighters and their gear, according to department officials.

The fire department’s mass casualty bus was called in to serve as a temporary shelter so the firefighters could get out of the cold, and no injuries were reported.

In addition, water runoff at the scene quickly froze on the streets, so city public works crews were called in to apply salt and sand to the slick spots.

The firefighters were able to get the fire under control in about 45 minutes. The duplex appears to have been vacant for some time, the release stated.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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