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UPDATE: Two structures damaged in overnight fire

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UPDATE: Overnight the Chattanooga Fire Department battled a fire that damaged two structures.

The fire happened at 1:15 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to a vacant house fire on the 800 block of W. 38th Street.

In a release, Captain Tim Waters with Quint 14 said there was heavy fire in the front half of the structure. The firefighters made their way inside the structure and found the inside of the house engulfed in flames.

Other firefighters entered through the rear of the structure searching to see if anyone was inside, but did not locate any individuals.

Firefighters say the flames were so intense they had to spray water on an adjacent house to keep it from catching on fire.

William Cotton Jr. runs a consulting business just feet away from the home. He saw smoke from a half a mile away, when he arrived on scene he said his building was filled with smoke.

Cotton said the home has been known to be a trouble spot with people coming in out of the property.

"We got these houses running with drugs, that’s what we complain about. All these drugs in the house and no one is trying to close them down,” Cotton said.

Crews eventually got the blaze under control and no injuries were reported.

Damages are estimated at $20,000. CFR says the house had been vacant for some time.

The cause is still under investigation. We’ll update you as more information becomes available.

PREVIOUS STORY: Crews were called to West 38th Street around 1:00 Wednesday morning. 

Neighbors as far as a half a mile away say they saw smoke coming from the home. Firefighters say the home was vacant at the time.     
A business next door did have significant smoke damage.

The owner, William Cotton Jr.,  lives just down the road from his business. He says he is grateful someone alerted him of the fire.

"I  got a call from my neighbor telling me there was a fire in the rear. I assumed it could've been my building but it wasn't thank God, it was a house behind that is really a drug house," Cotton said. 

Cotton explains he has been trying to bring attention to the vacant homes in the area.

"We got these houses running with drugs, that's what we complain about. All these drugs in the house and no one is trying to close them down," Cotton said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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