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Chattanooga mom saves family from morning blaze

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – A house fire Sunday morning leaves a family homeless.

It happened around 4:00 a.m. in the 1700 block of Rubio Street.

Chattanooga Fire spokesman Bruce Garner says Destiny Shepherd awoke to the smell of smoke, forcing her to wake up her boyfriend and cousin.

After getting the men out of the house, Garner says the woman ran back inside to get her three children, when she realized the men hadn't.

It took firefighters 30 to 45 minutes to gain control of the fire.

Captain Carlos Hampton said the intense heat initially forced firefighters back. He believes they experienced a "flashover," or the near-simultaneous ignition of most of the directly exposed combustible material in an enclosed area.

The fire caused about $30,000 in damages and is under investigation.

The Red Cross is assisting the family.

Stay with for updates as they become available.

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