A pre-dawn fire damaged a house on Tombras Avenue on Saturday.
Officials with the East Ridge Fire Department said a Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department deputy coming home from work noticed smoke coming from the house at 1712 Tombras at about 5:30 a.m.
Moments later when East Ridge firefighters arrived, fire was coming through the roof of the single-story home. Chief Mike Williams said that firefighters made an interior attack of the fire and were able to extinguish it in about 20 minutes. Traffic on Tombras Avenue was diverted onto Ealy and Dupont as firefighting apparatus blocked the street.
Chief Williams said the house was vacant and undergoing renovation by the owner in order to rent it. He said nobody was hurt in the blaze.
Chief Williams said that the cause of the fire is unknown and an investigation has been initiated.