CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Several fire agencies evacuated the Silver Tree apartments this morning because of a fear of fire.
Several residents smelled heavy smoke in their homes around 7:15 AM.
Five fire departments and Hamilton County Sheriff’s officers responded to the 9 story building on Highway 58.
Silver Tree houses senior citizens.
92 people were evacuated to a nearby shelter.
It turns out that a Heating and Air unit on the roof began smoking because of electrical issues.
The ventilation system then pumped the smoke throughout the building.
No one was hurt.
Two hours later, the air was cleared and residents allowed back inside.