A construction crew accidentally struck a gas line causing a fire this morning near Browns Ferry Road, said Chattanooga Fire Department Public Information Officer Bruce Garner.
Workers were able to get away before the gas found an ignition source and flames sparked. The fire continued to burn off gas until the gas cutoff valve was shut off.
The decision was made to leave the fire burning in order to burn off gas. The valve was shut off at 10:47 a.m., he said.
Power had to be cut, leaving nearby businesses without power as well as Lookout Valley Elementary School.
A nearby hotel was evacuated but no one was injured, Garner said.
No structural damage was reported.
Video courtesy of the Chattanooga Fire Department.