published Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

UPDATE: Morning apartment fire in Chattanooga displaces several families (with video)

Fire at Bluff View apartments
Video by Bruce Garner

Update: The cause of this morning’s fire at Bluff View at Mountain Creek apartments has been ruled accidental. Captain Anthony Moore with the Fire Investigation Division says the fire was most likely started by an electrical malfunction.

A fire displaced several families early this morning at an apartment complex off Morrison Springs Road in Chattanooga.

One of the residents at Bluff View at Mountain Creek, Lawton Shoemake, told firefighters that a smoke alarm woke him up. When he got up to investigate, he could see flames through an air vent in the wall.

Shoemake got out safely, as did the other eight residents in the four-unit apartment building.

The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at 3:03 a.m. and responded to 758 Cherish View.

The majority of the fire was in the walls, and firefighters had to cut into the walls and in the roof to get to the fire. Officials say it took roughly 30 minutes to get the fire under control.

No injuries were reported, but one pet cat reportedly died from smoke inhalation. The loss was estimated at around $200,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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