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2 homes destroyed; family, pets safe

Senior Firefighter Telly Grant holds one of the kittens rescued from the second house that caught on fire. / courtesy CFD. Senior Firefighter Telly Grant holds one of the kittens rescued from the second house that caught on fire. / courtesy CFD.
Chattanooga firefighters worked well into the night in the sweltering heat to completely extinguish all the hot spots. / courtesy CFD. Chattanooga firefighters worked well into the night in the sweltering heat to completely extinguish all the hot spots. / courtesy CFD.
The fire started in the house on the left and quickly spread to the house on the right, which was occupied. No serious injuries were reported. / courtesy CFD. The fire started in the house on the left and quickly spread to the house on the right, which was occupied. No serious injuries were reported. / courtesy CFD.
One of many Chattanooga firefighters enduring the heat and putting out hot spots. / courtesy CFD. One of many Chattanooga firefighters enduring the heat and putting out hot spots. / courtesy CFD.

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – Fire investigators are trying to determine what caused a blaze that destroyed one home and damaged another Tuesday.

The original fire started just before 8:00 p.m. on 12th Avenue.

Captain David Barie from Station 9 in East Lake said the house was fully engulfed in flames when the first firefighters arrived on the scene, and the fire had already spread to a neighboring house. 

Seeing that he had two house fires on his hands, Captain Barie called for a second alarm response.  It took roughly an hour to get both blazes under control, and several additional hours to extinguish the hot spots.

Captain Anthony Moore with Fire Investigation Division said the first home was vacant, had not utilities and the wiring had been stripped out of the house.

The neighboring house at 4305 12th Avenue was occupied by Mavis Burson, her daughter and granddaughter, and two sons.  The fire caused substantial damage to their home. 

Firefighters say they were able to save the family's kittens.

Volunteers with the American Red Cross arrived on the scene Tuesday night to provide assistance to the family.

The first home was destroyed; fire investigators estimate the damage to be around $30,000. Captain Moore said there was substantial damage to the Burson home. He estimates the damage to that home at around $65,000.

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