A fire that broke out in the attic of the Shooter’s Depot on Shallowford Road caused severe damage to the building.
Two customers at the firing range noticed the blaze shortly after noon and ran to notify co-owner John Martin, who said he grabbed a fire extinguisher to put out the flames, but when he reached them the smoke was too intense to see or breathe, so he called 911, according to a news release.
The Chattanooga Fire Department originally sent out six trucks to the scene, but when they saw the fire was still in progress, Battalion Chief Brandon Schroyer called for a second round of trucks, according to the release.
Firefighters discovered that the fire was located in the attic above the shooting lanes in a difficult-to-reach spot. They attempted to put out the fire from inside but had to change tactics when the roof caved in.
The firefighters then continued to try to put out the fire from the outside.
At first, some were concerned about the fire reaching the ammunition kept in the showroom and offices, but firefighters were able to keep the flames away from these areas.
It took 50 firefighters, 13 trucks and more than an hour to get the fire under control.
The shooting lanes and classroom suffered the most damage, according to the news release.
The Shooter’s Depot has 15 full and part-time employees.
There were no injuries.
The fire department is investigating the cause of the fire.