Chattanooga firefighters were dispatched to a house fire shortly before 3 a.m. today at 2902 North Chamberlain Ave. That’s the same house that caught fire Friday morning where a Chattanooga Police officer and a good Samaritan helped a wheelchair-bound man get out to safety.
The first fire was contained to the kitchen area and it was believed to have been caused by food being left unattended on the stove. This time the fire was a lot bigger.
Lt. Wadie Suttles said that when the first firefighters with Engine 4 arrived on the scene, a heavy volume of fire was visible in the rear and left side of the structure. Lt. Suttles said electrical discharges were also visible at the power meter. As other fire companies arrived, a primary search was conducted and no one was found inside. The firefighters got the blaze under control in roughly 30 minutes, but damage to the house was significant. Lt. Suttles estimated the dollar loss at around $30,000.
Lt. Andrew Waters with the Fire Investigation Division says the cause of the blaze is undetermined and under investigation.