published Monday, July 7th, 2014

Hixson house fire leaves nine homeless

A family of nine is homeless following an early Sunday morning fire at their Hixson home.

According to one of the family members, she got up to heat a bottle for a 3-month-old baby when she smelled wires burning in the house. She awoke another family member to investigate the odd smell and found their car on fire in the garage.

They immediately pushed the car out of the garage to alleviate the fire spreading throughout the house. But they were too late.

The fire spread throughout the garage and spread to the house.

At 4:30 a.m., a neighbor called 911 reporting a house fire at 1045 Boy Scout Road in Hixson. When firefighters arrived, they found the vehicle and garage covered in flames.

Dallas Bay VFD immediately requested a mutual aid response to shuttle water to the scene. Red Bank Fire Department, Soddy-Daisy Fire Department and Sale Creek VFD responded.

Though the firefighters contained the fire to the left side of the home, damages are extensive and estimated at $120,000.

No injuries were reported, though the American Red Cross responded to the scene to assist the five adults and four children.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

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