published Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

UPDATE: 1 child still in hospital after fire in Brainerd area of Chattanooga

Four Chattanooga children were trapped on the roof of their burning house Tuesday afternoon but escaped with only minor injuries.
Four Chattanooga children were trapped on the roof of their burning house Tuesday afternoon but escaped with only minor injuries.
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A 3-year-old remains hospitalized after a house fire Tuesday, while the teen who saved him and two others has been released, authorities said.

The toddler, David Gladden III, is under observation in a pediatric ICU for smoke inhalation, according to a release from Chattanooga Fire Department spokesman Bruce Garner.

Eddie Pitman, who turns 15 on Thursday, was treated and released for cuts to his leg, Garner said.

The fire at 703 Carothers Road in Brainerd was reported at 5 p.m. and four children inside apparently were trapped on the second floor, Garner said.

Eddie kicked out a second-floor window to help three other children onto the roof of the back porch, Garner said.

As neighbors and rescuers gathered, Eddie handed the children down off the porch. In the process of trying to get down himself, he put his foot through a window and cut his leg, Garner said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, he said.

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