Monday, September 15, 2014 · 12:02 a.m.

Firefighters battle blaze at Toast Cafe, Chad's Records saved

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Firefighters use a ground ladder and a hoseline to get at hot spots above the high ceiling at a Thursday morning fire at Toast Cafe. (Photo: Bruce Garner)

Chattanooga firefighters battled a morning blaze at Toast Cafe on the corner of Vine and Lindsay streets.

Battalion Chief Rodney Jones said flames were shooting out a side door and that smoke was billowing out of several windows as the first firefighters arrived on the scene at about 6:30 a.m., according to a news release from the Chattanooga Fire Department.

 As firefighters entered the smoke-filled building for an interior attack, Jones called for help from additional fire companies to bring in extra equipment and manpower. 

Firefighters took down some of the record displays to protect them. (Photo: Bruce Garner)

"The firefighters located the bulk of the fire toward the rear of the building and down in what was described as a crawlspace," according to the news release.

Jones said the firefighters were able to get the blaze under control in roughly 30 minutes. No injuries were reported.

The only thing separating Toast from Chad’s is an interior wall, and firefighters managed to prevent the fire from burning Chad's, according to the news release. 

"Chad’s has a large collection of old, irreplaceable vinyl records," according to the release. "The business did sustain smoke damage, but most if not all of the merchandise appeared to be undamaged."

Firefighters removed the records on display walls and covered the rest of the collection so that they could wet down the ceiling and other parts of the building. 

The sections of Vine and Lindsay next to the businesses will likely remain closed for several more hours while fire crews finish putting out hot spots.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Chattanooga Police Department and Hamilton County EMS provided assistance on the scene.

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