Firefighters assess the scene of a Thursday evening fire in a home on East 36th Street. / Contributed photo/Chattanooga Fire Department

This story was updated at 8:55 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, with more information.

UPDATE: The Chattanooga Fire Department said a father and his three children were taken to the hospital but there is no information on their condition.

Fire officials said the house suffered from about $30,000 in damages but is not a total loss. The cause is under investigation and crews were on scene until about 1:30 a.m. 


Original story: 

The Chattanooga Fire Department rescued multiple people in a Thursday evening house fire on East 36th Street. 

Firefighters received a call at 5:47 p.m. and multiple companies arrived quickly on the scene, according to a news release from the department.

Two adults had been downstairs in the apartment and an adult and three children were upstairs when the fire broke out, the release stated. One of the adults in the home was able to get two children out safely.

Chattanooga Police Department officers were first on the scene and attempted to go inside the house to locate the third child, but the flames prevented them from making much progress. 

Firefighters then entered and did an initial search and fire suppression, eventually finding the child and removing him, the release states.

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Chattanooga firefighters walk out of the remains of a home on East 36th Street late Thursday afternoon following a fire that drew multiple companies and required the rescue of a child. Multiple people were sent to the hospital as a result of the blaze, but no information regarding their conditions was immediately available. / Contributed photo/Chattanooga Fire Department

Several people, possibly related, were transported to the hospital. Their conditions were not known. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The release stated that the fire appeared to have started at the front of the house. Part of the road in front of the house remained closed around 8 p.m. as emergency crews worked the scene.

Ladder 1, Quint 14, Engine 9, Engine 5, Squad 1, Squad 20, and Battalions 1, 3, and 2 responded, along with the Chattanooga Police Department and Hamilton County EMS Medics 5, 9, 10, and 13.

A second alarm was called to bring additional companies to the scene due to someone being trapped inside the home. Mutual aid assisted with companies from East Ridge and Red Bank. Red Cross is providing assistance to those impacted. 

"Police made a valiant effort in an attempt to rescue one of the children. Our crews also acted fast to get everyone out. CPD and CFD assisted each other in pulling the victims out of the fire. It was great work by everyone involved," said Chattanooga Fire Chief Phil Hyman.