East Brainerd Road house fire caused by kids playing with matches

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Chattanooga firefighters confirm a house fire at 8143 East Brainerd Road around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday was likely caused by kids playing with matches.

Captain Skyler Phillips said smoke from the fire was clearly visible from miles away as they raced to the scene from Station 21.

Once on the scene, the firefighters encountered a car port fully engulfed in flames, with the fire rapidly spreading to the adjacent house.

It took roughly 24 firefighters about 20 minutes to get the blaze under control.

No injuries were reported.

Spokesman Bruce Garner of the Chattanooga Fire Department said the cause of the fire appears to be accidental.

A fire investigator says two boys playing with matches started a fire in the car port area.

When they couldn’t put the fire out themselves, they alerted their grandmother, who also tried to put the fire out with a pan of water.

When her efforts failed, the grandmother led the boys away from the house. Someone from a nearby business spotted the fire and called 911.

The fire displaced up to six people, though the exact number is not known at this time.

The Red Cross is providing assistance to the family.

Categories: Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Local News

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