Chattanooga fire investigators believe they know what caused Tuesday’s fire that heavily damaged two apartments at the Mountain Creek Apartments.
Lt. Henry McElvain with the Fire Investigation Division said that based on eyewitness accounts, he knew the fire started on the deck of Apartment 174 on the first floor. After talking with the residents in that apartment and examining the physical evidence, Lt. McElvain said the cause of the fire will be ruled accidental, most likely from improperly discarded cigarettes.
The firefighters were able to contain the blaze to two apartments. The remaining 18 units in that building were saved. Lt. McElvain said the loss was estimated at $200,000 for the building, $12,000 for the contents in the two apartment units, and $1,500 to a truck that was parked close to the two apartments damaged by the fire.
Captain Anthony Moore and Lt. Andrew Waters assisted with the investigation.