CHATTANOOGA, TN. (WRCB) – A morning fire leaves two local families homeless Saturday.

It happened at an apartment unit in the 1200 block of Grove Street, shortly before 7:30 a.m.

Stephen Swanson, with the Chattanooga Fire Department, says residents in a neighboring unit saw smoke and called 911.

Firefighters arrived within minutes and quickly gained control of the blaze.

A family of four, along with a mother and daughter in another apartment, escaped safely.

The Red Cross is assisting the families.

Swanson says the cause is under investigation.

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