CFD: Fires on Dodds Avenue 'intentionally set' Sunday morning

The Chattanooga Fire Department believes two Sunday morning fires on Dodds Avenue were the result of arson, and officials are asking the community for information. (Images: Chattanooga Fire Department)

UPDATE (Monday, Oct. 21):

The Chattanooga Fire Department believes two Sunday morning fires on Dodds Avenue were the result of arson, and officials are asking the community for information.

CFD spokesperson Lindsey Rogers says as firefighters responded to a burning shed at 4000 Dodds Avenue around 4:20 a.m., police told them there was a nearby house at the 4200 block that was also on fire.

Rogers says firefighters found flames coming from the back of the vacant home. No one was injured.

In both cases, Rogers says investigators believe the fire was intentionally set, and that they are connected.

If you have any information on these suspicious fires, please call Chattanooga Police at at 423-698-2525 or Chattanooga Fire Department at 423-643-5600.

ORIGINAL STORY (Sunday, Oct. 20):

Early Sunday morning, the Chattanooga Fire Department was called to two fires a block from each other.

One happened on Dodds Avenue, and the other near 12th Avenue.

Lindsey Rogers with the Chattanooga Fire Department released more information on the fires:

"Two fires at separate locations in the same neighborhood are under investigation this morning and fire officials believe they could be connected.

First, CFD was called to a shed fire in the 4000 block of 12th Avenue around 4:20 AM.

They found the burning shed and as they started working to extinguish the blaze, Chattanooga police officers alerted the crews that there was also a house fire nearby in the 4200 block of Dodds Avenue, only a few hundred feet away.

Additional units were called in and firefighters found flames coming out of the entire back of the vacant house on Dodds. We worked to get everything out at both locations.

Investigators are on the scene looking into the cause of the fires and early indications are that the cases might be related.

No injuries were reported."

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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