Dallas Bay house fire causes $50,000 in damages
Just before 10:30 Saturday morning Brian Smelley woke to the sound of frantic pounding on his front door. While approaching the door, he saw smoke coming from the back of his house.
When Smelley opened the front door, he could hear his neighbor yelling "Get out of the house! Your garage is on fire!"
Before leaving his home, Smelley went back inside to search for his 6 year-old Siberian Huskey, Chief. He found him in another bedroom and luckily, they both escaped without injury.
When the Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department arrived at 261 Serena Drive, they saw heavy smoke and fire coming from the left front side of the home. Firefighters worked quickly to contain the fire to the garage area.
Smelley told fire officials he got up early to do some laundry and turned on the space heater to warm up the laundry room. He went back to bed for a while until he was awakened to the pounding on his front door.
No injuries were reported but Hamilton County EMS was on the scene for any potential injuries to firefighters.
The cause of the fire is undetermined and will be under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.
Damages are listed at $50,000. Firefighters did save 3 antique cars and the right side of the house.
Smelley was insured and will be meeting with American Red Cross officials for temporary housing.