A midnight fire destroyed the home of Scott Odom at 8195 Holmes Creek Road Tuesday night.
The fire was reported to 911 at 11:39 p.m.
Officials say Odom was awakened by a smoke alarm and escaped unharmed.
Firefighters from the Short Mountain Highway, Cookeville Highway, Main Station, and tanker truck responded, but they could not save the home.
DeKalb EMS was also on the scene as a precaution along with an officer of the Sheriff's Department.
Officials say the fire may have started from the kitchen area, but the cause is undetermined.