East Ridge apartment catches fire from a lightning strike


(EAST RIDGE, Tenn) – A busy weather night sends emergency crews out in full force.

And it helped start a fire.

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An East Ridge apartment complex has been evacuated tonight after it caught fire.

It happened at the Belvoir Hills Estates at 724 Bacon Trail.

Officials say the apartment building was evacuated.

Police say one person was rescued from the fire and their condition is unknown.

They also say two firefighters were injured in the incident and one was hospitalized now released; the other was treated at the scene.

Police say the start of the fire appears to be from a lightning strike.

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Joeli Poole joined the WDEF News 12 Team in April 2019 as a Reporter and Producer. You can find her reporting during the week and when not on camera; she's producing the 6 and 11 shows. Joeli grew up with a love for reporting, starting in middle school. She has been the anchor for her middle and high school TV stations, along with the Sports Anchor for her College TV Station. Joeli grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and moved to Tennessee when she 10 years old. She went to Cleveland Middle school and Walker Valley High School. She graduated in May of 2019 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a bachelor's degree in Communications. Being from the area, Joeli loves being able to help tell the stories of her community. In her spare time, Joeli enjoys watching her LSU Tigers, hiking, and playing with her dog. Feel free to email any story ideas at jpoole@wdef.com.