Chattanooga firefighters are investigating an apartment fire on Hickory Valley Road that left about three dozen people homeless Tuesday evening.

The fire was reported at 5:48pm at Evergreen at Hickory Valley in the 1500 block.

Fire department spokesperson Bruce Garner says flames were visible from the roof of building H when crews arrived at the scene.

Garner says the fire started on the third floor in an apartment that belonged to a mother and her two babies.

A neighbor, Robert Knowles, tried to put out the fire with several extinguishers but was unsuccessful. That's when the Knowles got the victims out the apartment and alerted the surrounding residents.

Crews were able to put out the fire in about 10 minutes.

No one was injured.

"The building has ten apartment units with 30 to 40 residents," Garner says. "With power cut to the entire building, those residents will most likely have to stay elsewhere tonight."

Garner says the Red Cross is helping the residents displaced by the fire.

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