CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Chattanooga firefighter Commander Donnie Eaves inherited the old Number 12 Firehall on Forest Avenue because he was the city's youngest commander and no one else wanted it.
The neighborhood was hot in the 1980s -- three house fires a week, at least -- and the building was old.
The historic firehall was built around 1929, according to the Chattanooga Fire Department, and was used until 1997, when a new station opened just down the street. The building has been mostly empty and used for storage since then.
But now, a Chattanooga real estate agent is pouring money into the firehall in order to restore it and sell it as a residence or work-at-home business.