CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) - An early Monday morning house fire forced one man to jump though a window to escape with his life.
It happened shortly before 6 A.M. on the 3500 block of Taylor Street in Chattanooga.
"When firefighters arrived here, they found a lot of smoke and fire at the front room of the house. They also noticed the resident of the house in the front yard," Chattanooga Fire Department spokesperson Bruce Garner.
That resident was identified as Stephen Boudy. According to investigators, Boudy woke to the smell of smoke. The flames got so hot and intense that he was forced to escape through his bedroom window.
"If he had to escape through a bedroom window, it suggest to us that perhaps he didn't have early warning," Garner said.
Firefighters did find a smoke alarm with a battery in it but investigators say it's hard to determine if the device actually worked since it was damaged in the fire.
It took crews nearly 30 minutes to get the blaze under control. Firefighters were forced to cut into both the floor and an exterior wall to make sure the fire was completely out.
"The fire damage was contained to that one room but there's a lot of smoke and water damage to the house," Garner said.
Boudy was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Investigators say he may have hit his head while escaping through his window.
Cause of the fire is still under investigation.