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UPDATE: Cats and art collection lost in fire

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Chattanooga Fire Department finishes up after the house fire Wednesday at 6910 Franks Road. Photo by Bruce Garner/CFD Chattanooga Fire Department finishes up after the house fire Wednesday at 6910 Franks Road. Photo by Bruce Garner/CFD
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UPDATE: An early morning fire Wednesday damaged a home, the owner’s art collection and claimed several cats.

A smoke alarm went off in Philip Lutin’s house on Franks Road, where he discovered a fire in his garage. he attempted to put the fire out with an extinguisher, emptied it and went back for a second one and found the fire too large put put out himself.

The Chattanooga Fire Department sent six fire companies to the home, and found the entire attached garage engulfed in flames.

The fire spread to the kitchen and attic, where firefighters were able to containing the fire

Much of the house had significant smoke and heat damage, according to CFD spokesman Bruce Garner. A car in the garage was also destroyed.

Lutin was uninjured in the fire, but had his hair singed and was examined by paramedics at the scene.

Three of his four cats perished in the fire; the fourth has not yet been found.

Lutin had a collection of paintings, sculptures and other items in the house. 

Many were damaged or destroyed, but a few of his collectibles appeared to be undamaged or salvageable. 

CFD Chief Rick Boatwright said the dollar loss was estimated at $250,000 for the building, and $300,000 for the contents. 

Captain Andrew Waters with the Fire Investigation Division said the cause of the fire appears to be accidental, most likely from an electrical malfunction.

Though saddened by the loss of his cats, Mr. Lutin was happy to be alive and somewhat philosophical about his circumstances, saying “So much for the theory that this happens to other people.”

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