Sunday, November 23, 2014 · 1:44 p.m.

Good Samaritans help four children escape house fire

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Capt. Jarred Montieth (with red helmet) shows Capt. Anthony Moore with the Fire Investigation Division the roof where the children went to escape the flames. (Photo: Contributed)

At approximately 5 p.m. Tuesday evening, a fire broke out at 703 Caruthers Road. Four children were home, and the younger children told the oldest, a 14-year-old male, that the house was on fire. 

All four children were trapped on the second floor, so the oldest child kicked out a bedroom window, cutting his leg in the process, and helped his siblings out onto the roof. 

A passing motorist called 911 after seeing the children on the roof of a burning house. Patrol Officer Charles Decker with the Chattanooga Police Department, officers Trent Kilpatrick and Joshua Curtis, and Matt Evans, a passing motorist, helped the children off the roof with the aid of the oldest sibling, who was then rescued himself.

Evans, a surgical tech at Memorial, helped stem the bleeding for the 14-year-old while awaiting transportation to Children's Hospital at Erlanger. All of the children were taken there, but none of their injuries are considered life-threatening. 

Chattanooga firefighters determined that the fire started on the first floor before spreading to the second floor and attic. It took five fire companies approximately 30 minutes to get the blaze under control. A dollar loss estimate was not available as of Wednesday morning, but officials said the damage is extensive. 

The father of the four children, who is renting the house, was not home at the time of the fire. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Volunteers with the American Red Cross were called in to provide assistance to the family, officials said.

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