published Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Fire destroys elderly woman's Chattanooga home; firefighter injured by explosion

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An elderly woman's home was destroyed by fire in the Highway 58 area this evening, Chattanooga emergency services say.

Although no one was in the home at the time, several explosions occurred inside the house and one firefighter received minor injuries from flying debris, Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Hutchings said.

Hamilton County EMS transported him to Erlanger Medical Center for further evaluations, according to a news release.

The home's smoke alarm was activated at 6:56 p.m., Amy Maxwell with the Hamilton County EMS said. When the fire department arrived on scene the garage was fully involved with fire, she said.

The garage was contained quickly but the fire had already spread through the attic and the rest of the house, Maxwell added.

The cause of the fire is undetermined and will be under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, the EMS said.

Maxwell said the house is a total loss and damages are estimated at $75,000.

about Harrison Keely...

Harrison Keely is an online breaking news producer for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He also anchors the daily newscast. He joined the Times Free Press as a reporter in 2010. He previously served as managing editor of the Smoky Mountain Sentinel in western North Carolina and as a business reporter for the Washington Times in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Lee University in 2009 where he served as managing editor of the student news ...

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