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UPDATE 2: Home burns while family inside, Child arrested

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – A mother and three children are without a home Friday after a house fire.

Fire crews spent the afternoon battling the fire at 2401 Kirby Avenue, in the Highland Park Community.

The resident, Ummina Cooper, tells Eyewitness News she was sitting inside, fixing her daughters hair, when her sister alerted her that the roof of their home was on fire.

Cooper got herself and her three children safely out of the house and called 911.

When firefighters arrived they say flames were shooting out of a bedroom window.

Firefighters were able to contain most of the fire damage to the bedroom where the fire started. The rest of the house had some smoke damage.

One of Cooper's three children appears to be responsible for the fire. Cooper's eight-year-old son confessed to setting the fire after being questioned.  Investigators say the boy found a cigarette lighter and started a fire in the back bedroom. 

Chattanooga Police transported the child to the Juvenile Detention Center for booking. The boy is charged with aggravated arson, because he put the lives of his own family in jeopardy.

No injuries were reported.

Volunteers with the American Red Cross were called in to provide assistance to the victims.

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