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