Family of four displaced by house fire in Ringgold

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RINGGOLD, Georgia(WDEF) – A family of four is displaced after their home was destroyed by an early morning fire.

It happened on Hatfield Drive in Ringgold around 4:30 Friday morning.

For many neighbor who either live across the street or directly next door, there was an abrupt awaking.

"Someone heard a large explosion and called 911after they saw the house was on fire," said Catoosa County Fire Battalion Chief Steve Quinn.

"My mom said she heard a boom. I didn’t hear the boom but I looked out my window and saw all the flames," said Kelsie Griffith who lives directly across the street.

It only took a matter of minutes for flames to engulf the home. But on a dry morning with temperatures well below freezing and sustained winds of 15 mph, it took fire crews 45-minutes to knock out the blaze.

"The wind is up so it was pushing flames and a lot of embers," Guinn said.

The flames were so hot that it destroyed the home and melted the siding on the two homes right next door.

Fortunately the Grier family was not in the house when the blaze ignited.

"Just to know they had two children in that could have been in that house was horrible," Griffith said.

Co-workers of one of the fire victims have begun organizing cash donations at work to help the family.

A local Christian radio station has set up a collection drive to help the family receive warm clothing and baby-care items for one of the children who is only 8-months old.

Cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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