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Chattanooga, Tenn. -- The victim who died June 15, 2017 in the house fire on Durham Drive has been identified as Johnnye McDavid. She was 83. The Hamilton County Medical Examiner's Office says the victim died from smoke inhalation. McDavid's death is the third fire-related fatality so far this year in Chattanooga. Her husband, Charles McDavid, was treated and released from a local hospital for minor burns.

The cause of this fatal fire has been ruled accidental. The lead fire investigator says the fire appears to have been sparked by an electrical malfunction.

Chattanooga, Tenn. -- The investigation continues into last night's fire in the 1200 block of Durham Drive that claimed the life of an elderly woman. The lead fire investigator says the cause of the fire appears to be accidental, but what exactly sparked the deadly blaze remains undetermined. The victims's husband, who tried to put the fire out himself, was treated and released from a local hospital last night for some burns to his head, arms and hands. The names of the two victims are still being withheld until all next-of-kin have been located and notified.

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Chattanooga, Tenn. -- Fire investigators are trying to determine what started a fire that claimed the life of an elderly woman tonight. The fire was spotted at 6:27 p.m. by neighbors across the street. While his wife called 911, Joe Birchfield ran to the house to alert the elderly couple who lived there. He said the front of the house was engulfed in flames, so he ran around to the back, where he saw the elderly man who lived there using a garden hose in a futile attempt to put the fire out.

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Chattanooga, Tenn. -- [UPDATE] The cause of this afternoon's fire at 124 Signal Hills Drive has been ruled accidental. The fire investigator says the resident was cooking and the hood vent/duct caught fire because a bird had constructed a nest in it. The dollar loss was estimated at $15,000.

*Note: In the first release below, I gave the address as 125 Signal Hills Apartments. That was incorrect, and I apologize for the error.

Chattanooga, Tenn. -- Chattanooga firefighters responded to a structure fire around 4:30 this afternoon at 125 Signal Hills Apartments. Captain Troy Milsaps with Quint 17 said the fire was located in the kitchen, but was spreading rapidly into the ceiling. The firefighters with Quint 17 and four other fire companies managed to contain the fire damage to the kitchen, but the rest of the home had smoke and water damage.

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