UPDATE: Morning duplex fire ruled accidental
The dollar loss was estimated at $60,000.
UPDATE: The cause of this morning's fire at 1044 Flynn Street has been ruled accidental. The Chattanooga Fire Department's lead fire investigator says the fire started in or around the dishwasher.
PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga firefighters responded to a duplex fire Thursday morning, arriving with flames shooting through the building's roof.
The duplex on Flynn Street has smoke visible as firefighters arrived, according to Chattanooga Fire Department spokesman Bruce Garner.
CFD Battalion Chief Lesley Morgan said that fire broke through the roof, threatening to spread to an adjacent house, located just two feet away.
The firefighters had to force their way in through the front door to get to the fire at attacked the fire with hand-held hoselines, they were able to bring the fire under control fairly quickly.
Firefighters contained the fire damage to three rooms. The rest of the house had substantial smoke and water damage. The dollar loss was estimated at $60,000.
Fire Chief Chris Adams, who responded to this particular fire, said the loss could have been a lot worse. "The house to the right is just about 18 inches from the house that was on fire," said Chief Adams. "If the firefighters had not aggressively brought that fire under control, we could have lost two or even three homes."
Two UTC coeds had just moved into the rental house a few weeks ago.
Morgan said they will be staying elsewhere tonight. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Chattanooga police and Hamilton County EMS also provided assistance on the scene.