SkyCam Video: Chattanooga fire crews respond to toppled radio tower, partial roof collapse
UPDATE (Monday, May 27):
WNOO officials confirm the station back on the air.
They say they are using a weaker, temporary tower, but the station is now transmitting on AM and FM.
UPDATE (Monday, May 20):
He says a City of Chattanooga Public Works crew was working on a sewer project at the time of the accident. An equipment operator clipped a guidewire to the tower, causing it to fall. The tower fell only a few feet from station headquarters.
Clear says WNOO is still off the air as of Monday, with no timeline established yet when they'll return.
Clear says they are now ordering a new tower, and says the city of Chattanooga has been "great" about responding to the incident.
He says the station's 7 employees are still coming to work, but at the moment they do not have much to do.
WNOO has been broadcasting since 1951. Clear bought the station with his wife in 2006.
This story will be updated as we get new information.
Chattanooga firefighters were sent to the scene after a radio tower fell in the woods Thursday morning.
It happened at WNOO off of Hendricks Street, which is near Holtzclaw Avenue.
Our NewsChannel 9 SkyCam captured video of the scene from above.
Our crew on the scene says no one was hurt.
It's not clear what caused the tower to tip over.
We reached out to the radio station and to the fire department, but haven't yet heard back.
After the tower fell, some of the same firefighters responded to a partial roof collapse.
Our NewsChannel 9 SkyCam followed them to a warehouse building at River Bend Materials at 4300 Amnicola Highway.
You can see from above that part of the roof is sagging.
We reached out to the fire department about this incident as well.
CFD spokesman Chuck Hartung said that a forklift operator hit a support post holding up the roof structure.