UPDATE: Second Lookout Valley fire Sunday sends man, firefighter to hospital

UPDATE: Second Lookout Valley fire Sunday sends man, firefighter to hospital

September 17th, 2017 by Staff Report in Breaking News

Firefighters work to extinguish a house fire on the 3200 block of Beech Street on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. (Photo by Capt. David Thompson)

Photo by Capt. David Thompson

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The Chattanooga Fire Department was called to a second house fire in Lookout Valley.

This fire was located on the 3200 block of Beech Street Sunday evening. Robert Dawson, 46, was home at the time and told firefighters he heard a popping sound before finding the front part of his apartment engulfed in flames.

Dawson had to jump from a second-floor window to escape the flames, injuring both his ankles in the fall. He was later taken to the hospital for treatment, according to the CFD.

The first responding firefighters reported "heavy fire and smoke showing," and one firefighter was injured in the incident. She was transported to a local hospital where she was treated and released for minor burns.

The total loss from the fire was estimated to be $35,000 and the lead investigator says the cause of the blaze is "suspicious in nature," according to the release.

This is the second fire to take place Sunday. The first one claimed the life of one person and sent another to the hospital. A third person was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. The cause of both fires is still under investigation.

Some of the same firefighters from the first fire responded to the later one.

Firefighters work to extinguish a house fire on the 3200 block of Beech Street on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. (Photo by Capt. David Thompson)

Photo by Capt. David Thompson

This story was updated on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 11:55 a.m. to include Dawson's name, age, estimated dollar loss and the information about the injured firefighter.


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