Chattanooga firefighters fight massive building fire in Chattanooga Tuesday

Image: NewsChannel 9 SkyCam

UPDATE (evening):

NewsChannel 9's Mariah Rock reported live at 5 p.m. at the scene of the ruin left in the fire's wake. Watch below:

UPDATE (12 p.m.):

Firefighters were still on the scene putting out hot spots at noon. Watch Mariah Rock's live report, which includes footage from our NewsChannel 9 SkyCam, below:

Mariah also spoke with nearby business owners.


Firefighters with the Chattanooga Fire Department are on the scene of a major fire at an empty, 2-story brick building at 400 Workman Road in Chattanooga Tuesday morning.

Our Good Morning Chattanooga crew showed up shortly after firefighters did. Watch a live, raw feed of the flames below:

Check out a timelapse from our StormTrack 9 weather cam on Rock City:

In a tweet, Chattanooga Fire Department spokesman Bruce Garner says no one was hurt. He says it was a 2-alarm fire, and firefighters saw flames shooting through the roof when they arrived.

Garner also tweeted, "Fire destroyed one bldg, but Firefighters were able to save an adjacent bldg. A track hoe will be brought in to push down some walls and move debris around to help the firefighters put out hot spots."

Battalion Chief Chris Willmore said the firefighters fought the fire defensively and focused their efforts on protecting the Cabex woodworking shop, which was located next to the building on fire. Several fire apparatus on the scene raised their aerials and poured thousands of gallons of water on the fire from above while firefighters on the ground used hand-held hoselines to help contain the fire. The building where the fire started was gutted, but the woodworking shop next door was saved.

People could see the smoke from far away:

Chief Willmore requested a track hoe from public works to knock down the remaining walls to remove a potential safety hazard to firefighters and the public. The track hoe would also be used to move around the charred debris so that firefighters can get to the hot spots. Workman Road will continue to be closed while that operation takes place.

There's still no word on what caused the fire.

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