CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
A family of 3 is without a place to call home, after a fire tore through their house early Tuesday morning.
Firefighters said it happened around 4:30 a.m. at a home on Bradt Street. It took several fire companies to get the blaze under control. Luckily, no one was injured. Neighbors say it couldn't have happened at a worse time.
Neighbors tell Channel 3 Eyewitness News, two women lived in the home with their elderly mother and they barely escaped to call for help.
"I heard a frantic banging at my door," said neighbor Michael Bone."They came out here with their pajamas, that was the only thing on their backs."
Bone says by the time he got off the phone with 911 the home was fully engulfed in flames.
"I could feel the flames heating me up so it was pretty big at the time," said Bone. "She (neighbor) didn't know if her sister was in there or not so we were really worried about her being in there."
Fire officials say everyone did made it out safely but the home is a total loss, with and estimated $60,000 dollars worth of damage. American Red Cross tells us the family does not have insurance.
"They just lost everything in one swoop, if I had the means to help them I would help them. I don't like to imagine people sad at Christmas time," said Bone.
With Christmas just two days away, Bone gave what he could, two pair of shoes, two winter jackets and prayers.
"Pray for them, for her sister, her mother, pray for another home and to help them get back on their feet as soon as possible," said Bone.
Fire officials say for now the family is staying with friends. The American Red Cross is helping them out with short term recovery by providing money for food, clothing and health services. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.