UPDATE: A Rossville man does not have a place to stay. Monday morning a fire started inside his home, trapping him inside a bedroom. Fire fighters said a working smoke alarm in the homeowner’s living room alerted him just in time.
Flames and smoke lit up the 300 block of North Jenkins Road in Rossville.
Assistant Fire Chief James Yearout with the Walker County Fire Department said the homeowner woke up to the beeping noise from his living room smoke alarm.
"He basically opened the door and encounter a lot of smoke and so he shut the door back and made an exit out the front window there that's open,” Yearout said.
Stuck inside a bedroom, the owner managed to escape through this front window and alerted authorities. Firefighters from several agencies quickly put out the blaze. No one was injured, but the inside of the home is now charred.
"Pretty much the living room and dining room are burned up and smoke damage throughout the rest of the house,” Yearout explained.
It was near freezing Monday morning, so we asked Yearout if a heat source caused the fire? He said it's too early to say.
"No, no heaters I don't believe, we've contacted the fire investigator and he's gonna come take a look at it,” he said.
Though the cause is undetermined, Yearout said it's a good reminder for everyone to be mindful of heating safety to prevent a fire in your home.
Fire investigators will return to the scene Tuesday to try and figure out what started the fire.
The Red Cross has responded to provide assistance for the homeowner.
PREVIOUS STORY: Walker County firefighters battled a house fire in Rossville Monday morning. It happened on North Jenkins Road.
A firefighter tells Channel 3 the homeowner escaped through a window.
No word right now on what caused the fire.
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