Two-alarm fire damages Chattanooga business

Fire damages Chattanooga business early Thursday morning. Image: Chattanooga Fire Department.

Chattanooga firefighters responded to a two alarm fire early Thursday morning.

The fire broke out a little after midnight at Republic Services, a recycling business, located at 1000 East 38th Street.

Firefighters with Quint 14 were the first to arrive on the scene and they reported seeing heavy fire on one side of the building. Seeing the magnitude of the fire, Captain Tim Greer called for a second alarm response, bringing in an additional six fire companies. Firefighters with Quint 13 said they could see the flames from miles away as they responded to the fire.

Viewers could see the flames, too. Anthony AndSydney Barker posted this photo on our Facebook page's wall:

The flames broke through the roof as additional firefighters arrived on the scene. Battalion Chief Ashley May, the incident commander, said the firefighters made a quick interior attack on the fire, getting the blaze under control in roughly 30 minutes.

No one was hurt.

The Chattanooga Fire Department provided video of the incident.

The dollar loss has been estimated at $150,000. The lead fire investigator believes the cause of the fire is accidental, but what exactly sparked the blaze remains under investigation.

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