By: Greg Glover

EAST RIDGE, Tenn. (WRCB-TV) - Fully involved is how the firefighters describe it.  And the house at 6112 Bermuda Avenue was just that around 8:30 Wednesday evening. 

"When we got here there was fire coming from nearly every window," said Erik Hopkins, Spokesman for East Ridge Public Safety.

As crews mounted their attacks, everything seemed to be on fire inside the structure. Flames roared, smoke billowed, even toys in the yard were ablaze. It caught the attention of parishioners from nearby Spring Creek Road Baptist Church. 

"We got calls beginning from the church," explained Hopkins.  "People getting out of church behind this property were the first folks to see it, but as soon as that call came in, we probably got five or six more."

Inside the home at the time the fire began was only one person.  He had made it outside, uninjured, by the time the first police units arrived followed quickly by fire engines from East Ridge. 

Several family pets did perish in the fire and East Ridge Animal Control responded to the scene to assist.

They requested mutual aid from several other companies to finally get the fire under control, but a cursory look indicates they may not have been able to save the house. 

"It's significantly damaged," Hopkins said. Damage is estimated at $70,000.

Fire investigators will determine the cause for this fire. They were already on the scene Wednesday night waiting for firefighters to douse the hot spots.