Chattanooga man crawls to escape early morning blaze

Chattanooga man crawls to escape early morning blaze

January 8th, 2014 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

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.