East Ridge firefighters along with a full complement of mutual aid departments responded to a fire that may have been caused by a lightning strike at the Belvoir Hills Estates condominiums at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening.
According to East Ridge Fire Chief Mike Williams, a resident of the unit was transported to Erlanger Hospital. That person’s condition is unknown. Chief Williams said a firefighter was also taken to Erlanger but later released. A second firefighter was treated at the scene for minor burns.
According to a press release, firefighters and EMS were called to the scene at 8:23 p.m. on a reported apartment fire with a person trapped on the second floor.
Crews arrived on the scene and reported heavy smoke coming from the apartment building. One crew deployed a ground ladder to a second floor window and rescued a victim, while a second crew entered the structure to locate and extinguish the fire, Chief Williams said.
A second alarm was requested from Mutual Aid. Second alarm companies were Chattanooga Quint 13, Squad 13, Squad 7, Deputy Chief Boatwright, Catoosa Engine 7 and Hamilton County Marine Rescue rehab.
An engine from Tri-Community and Rossville Fire Department were assigned to Station 1 at East Ridge as part of Mutual Aid, officials said.
Chief Williams said the cause of the blaze appears to have been a lightning strike.