published Friday, January 24th, 2014

Blaze at Chattanooga apartment complex displaces 75 people

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An early morning fire at an East Brainerd apartment complex has put about 75 people out of their homes.

Chattanooga firefighters received a call at 3:22 a.m. to Carriage Parc apartments, 1400 Carriage Parc Drive, located just off East Brainerd Road. When firefighters arrived, they saw flames already shooting through the roofs of the structure, said Public Information Officer Bruce Garner.

No one was injured. All but one resident was accounted for in the 24 units destroyed. However, neighbors believe the resident is out of town, Garner said.

It’s still unclear what caused the fire, but fire alarms alerted residents to evacuate. Those who evacuated knocked on the doors of their neighbors to alert them.

Fifteen fire companies responded. As of 10 a.m., firefighters were still working on the structure.

A mass casualty bus was brought in initially to prevent people from sustaining frost bite.

“There’s a lot of displaced people and it’s extremely cold outside,” Garner said.

The Red Cross is helping residents make arrangements to find a place to stay and the Salvation Army is assisting with food. A shelter has been set up at East Brainerd Church of Christ, 7745 E. Brainerd Rd.

Read more in tomorrow's Times Free Press.

Firefighters battle flames at a Chattanooga apartment complex.
Firefighters battle flames at a Chattanooga apartment complex.
Photo by WRCB-TV Channel 3 /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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