A Hixson home is now categorized as "uninhabitable" after a car crashed into it about 1 p.m. Monday.
Also, a portion of Ely Road coming off of Hixson Pike had to be closed after the car struck the house at 1506 Ely Road.
The driver, described as a young woman, was still in the car when the first firefighters arrived. The woman appeared to be uninjured as Chattanooga firefighters helped her out of the car.
The car hit a corner of the house and appeared to cause substantial damage to the structure.
Building inspectors were called to the scene and after conducting a brief inspection, declared the house to be uninhabitable.
Battalion Chief Charles Patton said that in order to extricate the car, the damaged portion of the house would have to be shored up. So the department’s Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team was called in. USAR team members cut up some lumber and made temporary supports to stabilize the damaged portion of the house.
At 3:43 p.m., the car was pulled from the house and Ely Road was reopened to traffic. The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Chattanooga Police Department.