This from East Ridge Fire Chief Mike Williams:
On July 15, at approximately 12:48 p.m. East Ridge Fire, Police and Puckett EMS were dispatched to a reported residential fire located at 1913 Close Rd.
Upon arrival heavy smoke was reported coming from the structure. All occupants were reported to be out with one family pet inside.
Crews made an aggressive interior attack locating the fire in the kitchen area. Crews also located the family pet and started life saving procedures. East Ridge Animal Services was called and transported the pet to a local veterinarian for smoke inhalation. Even though with all of our efforts, the family pet did not survive.
A Mutual Aid request was made for an air truck from Walker County Fire to the scene and a Mutual Aid fill-in assignment from Chattanooga Engine 15 at our station one. I want to thank Blue Shift (fire), all off duty firefighters, East Ridge Police, Puckett EMS, East Ridge Animal Services and the Mutual Aid companies for a job well done.