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A fire destroyed part of this home on Hardy Street Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Battalion Chief Chris Willmore/Chattanooga Fire Department)

Updated at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2018 with cost of damages.

An elderly woman was rescued by three police officers from a burning home Saturday afternoon in Chattanooga. 

Ernestine Miller, 79, was at her Hardy Street home when a fire started in the front bedroom. A neighbor told nearby police officers they thought someone was inside. The officers — officers Dobb, Day and Seech — crawled through the home, below a wall of smoke, and rescued Miller.

Firefighters were already on their way to respond to the automatic fire alarm and the fire was extinguished. The cause of the fire is being investigated. 

Miller was treated and taken to a local hospital for precautionary measures, according to the release. The Red Cross is assisting while the home is being repaired. Damages are estimated at $21,000.

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