By Ashley Rader
Members of an Elizabethton family were displaced from their home when an early morning fire damaged the structure Tuesday.
The Elizabethton Fire Department responded to the house fire at 601 W H St. at 6 a.m.
EFD Chief Barry Carrier said the homeowner, along with her son and daughter-in-law and their five children, were home at the time the started. All were able to safely leave the home and no injuries were reported.
EFD Fire Marshal Jack Buckles said it appeared the fire started in the basement near the furnace, but the exact cause was still under investigation.
Buckles said the fire spread through the ductwork, causing smoke damage in rooms on the main floor of the home, but the fire damage was limited to the basement. The fire caused damage to several floor joists and caused a small hole in the floor of the home.
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