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Fallen tree may have sparked house fire

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Investigators believe an afternoon house fire was caused by a fallen tree.

Fire crews were called to 4323 Shawhan Road shortly before 4:00 Tuesday afternoon. Multiple calls were placed to 911, one by a passerby who knocked on the door trying to warn the homeowner. The family of three was not home when the fire started.

When firefighters arrived they found smoke coming from the roof and damage to the attic area.

Five puppies were retrieved from the home once the fire was under control.

The homeowners told investigators a tree had fallen on the rear roof area of the home one month ago and they were waiting for word from their insurance company before making repairs.

Investigators say the tree hit electrical components. They believe the fire started in that same area and was likely electrical in nature.

The fire caused an estimated $40,000 in damage.

The American Red Cross is assisting the family.

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