Chattanooga firefighters responded to a house fire shortly after 6:00 Friday morning at 111 Wheeler Avenue.
Battalion Chief Charles Patton said the fire was located on the front porch, but the flames were getting into the house through the front window.
Firefighters with four fire companies got the fire under control quickly, saving most of the house.
The dollar loss was estimated at $20,000.
No one was hurt.
The cause of the fire has been ruled accidental. Lt. Andrew Waters with the Fire Investigation Division said the resident dumped cigarette butts from an ashtray into a garbage can on the front porch. A short time later, a fire broke out in the can.
Volunteers with the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee were called in to provide assistance to the one resident who lived there.Wheeler Ave. Fire Blamed on Cigarette Butts
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