A fire at 116 Pebble Stone Drive in LaFayette on Tuesday, Jan. 5, destroyed one home and caused smoke to hang in the air for miles over U.S. 27 during the morning commute.

There were three occupants in the home at the time of the fire. All escaped the blaze to the safety of neighbors’ homes, but the owner’s cat was lost.

Everyone in the home was already awake at the time, but were alarmed by “banging and popping noises coming from the garage,” according to one of the occupants.

The initial report from the first responding truck was that there was 50 percent involvement originating from the garage side of the home.

Wind conditions in the morning caused the fire to spread quickly, rendering the home a total loss.

Walker County dispatch received the first call at 7:39 a.m. The first truck arrived at 7:42 a.m.

Three units responded from Station 1 in Rock Spring, while Chickamauga’s Squad 6 provided a ladder truck and LaFayette’s Engine 11 truck was also called to the scene.

Walker County firefighters prevented the blaze from spreading to neighboring homes, and had the fire under control by 7:50 a.m, according to Walker County Fire’s Assistant Chief Robert Stephenson.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but there is no suspicion of foul play, according to Stephenson.

“The owner advised officials that one of the occupants of the home was smoking in the garage prior to the incident,” Stephenson said.

Walker County Messenger