Chattanooga firefighters responded to a fire on Sylvan Drive Friday morning, with reports of children trapped inside the building.

When firefighters arrived flames were shooting through the roof, according to Chattanooga Fire Department Public Information Director Bruce Garner.

The search for children possibly being inside the building led firefighters to quickly search the entire two-story building.

The roof began to collapse as firefighters went to the second floor, forcing them to safely retreat and battle the fire from the exterior.

The home is considered to be a total loss.

The home's occupants, Christa Williams and her five children, ages 5 to 11, were not home, with the children being in safely in school.

Battalion Chief Steve Swanson said that since no one was home, the fire had plenty of time to spread through the house before finally being noticed by neighbors.

Volunteers with the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee were called in to provide assistance to the family.

An estimate on the dollar loss was not available; the cause of the fire is under investigation.