UPDATE: Damage at Hixson K-Mart estimated to be $1 million dollars
UPDATE: The K-Mart store manager tells Chattanooga Fire Department Capt. Richard Britt that the dollar loss to the Hixson store is estimated to be $1 million dollars.
Most of the damage is attributed to clothes and other merchandise damaged by smoke from Sunday's fire.
PREVIOUS STORY: A small fire broke out in the Hixson Kmart Sunday afternoon. The Chattanooga Fire Department responded to 5380 Highway 153 with six companies.
CFD said when the first firefighters arrived on the scene no fire was visible, but when they went inside, smoke was building up on the front right side of the building.
CFD stated that this room was used as a printing room.
Battalion Chief Don Bowman said the entire building was evacuated as firefighters made their way inside.
Chief Bowman and firefighters located the fire quickly and got it under control. He said, Kmart's sprinkler system helped to keep the blaze in check until firefighters arrived.
The fire damage was contained only to the printing room. The rest of the store received substantial smoke damage.
No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire was ruled as accidental.
Chief Bowman said the fire appeared to start from one of the printers.
CFD set up powerful fans to help ventilate the large building.
Kmart employees said it may take a day or two to clean up the smoke and water damage.
The photo was provided by Battalion Chief Don Bowman.