CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- A house on Ely Road in Hixson has been declared uninhabitable by city building inspectors after a car ran into the house, causing heavy structural damage.

Chattanooga Fire Department spokesman Bruce Garner said a young woman coming off of Hixson Pike ran into the house at 1506 Ely Road around 1:00 p.m. Monday afternoon.

She was still in the car when the first firefighters arrived and appeared to be uninjured as she was helped out of the car.

Building inspectors were called to the scene and after conducting a brief inspection, declared the house to be uninhabitable.

Battalion Chief Charles Patton said that in order to extricate the car, the damaged portion of the house would have to be shored up, which resulted in the department's Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team being called in.

USAR team members cut up some lumber and made temporary supports to stabilize the damaged portion of the house. The the car was finally pulled from the house shortly before 4:00 p.m. and Ely Road was reopened to traffic.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Chattanooga Police Department.