No injuries were reported in a house fire, which broke out around 1 p.m. Friday, at 2301 Elmendorf Street.
Battalion Chief Charles Patton said light smoke was showing from the rear of the house when the first firefighters arrived. The firefighters made a quick search through the house, but found no one inside.
In the meantime, other firefighters found the heat of the fire at the rear of the house, in the basement. Chief Patton said they got the fire out within five to 10 minutes. The fire damage was contained to the basement, though the rest of the house was smoked up. No injuries were reported.
The house was occupied by LaFredrick Brown and his wife, Tanya, her brother, James Sherrell and her 18-year-old daughter. None was reportedly home when the fire was discovered. They also have two pet dogs.
Lt. Andrew Waters with the Fire Investigation Division said the fire was most likely caused by improperly discarded smoking materials. Lt. Henry McElvain assisted with the investigation. Lt. Waters said the loss was estimated at $20,000.
The two pet dogs were not injured in the fire.
Volunteers with the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee were called in to provide assistance to the family.
Chattanooga police and Hamilton County EMS also provided valuable assistance.