No one was home and no one was injured when fire broke out late Thursday morning in a Hixson duplex.
The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at 11:13 a.m. and responded to 4670 Cary Lane with four fire companies. Lt. Jamie Ratchford with Squad 19 said smoke was visible when the first firefighters arrived.
Chattanooga firefighters immediately forced their way into both sides of the duplex to search for occupants. No one was home. Battalion Chief Lesley Morgan said the firefighters got the fire out quickly, containing the blaze to one side of the duplex. The other side had some smoke damage.
Three adults reportedly lived in the side of the duplex that had the fire damage. They told firefighters that they had a place to stay and declined help from the American Red Cross. An estimate on the dollar loss was not available. The cause of the fire is under investigation.