Family of 7 loses home to fire in Harrison Saturday
A family of seven in Harrison lost their home to a fire on Saturday.
The Hamilton County Office of Emergency Management says the homeowner called 911 at 1:00 pm reporting a fire on the back porch.
Officials say that the Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department was first to arrive on the scene and ask for assistance to bring water tank shuttles, engines, and manpower.
"A mutual aid was requested a second alarm was called," says Mike Williams with Hwy 58 Fire Department.
Respondents on the scene to the incident included the Chattanooga Fire Department, the East Ridge Fire Department, the Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department, and engines from Bradley County and Meigs County.
A total of 8 fire crews worked to extinguish the fire with thousands of feet of water hose scattered on Sims Rd.
"When I say lay, our water supply coming from the hydrant going to the scene, we're looking at probably 4 thousand feet of lay," says Williams.
The Hamilton County Emergency Medical Services also reported on the scene in case of any potential injuries and to watch firefighter's vital due to the hot and humid temperatures.
Fire officials say that the family involved in the incident are safe and that the American Red Cross will be helping the family this afternoon.
The Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department officials say the total loss of the house is valued at $200,000 and that the cause of the fire is still undetermined and will be investigated by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.
We spoke with the family on Monday, who say they are taking things one day at a time.
The family's two dogs ran away when the fire broke out, and they are still looking for them to return.
Other family members have has set up a GoFundMe page to help the family gets back on its feet.
Depend on us to keep you updated on this developing story.