A Dowelltown couple, after being away from home for several hours, discovered a fire there when they returned Saturday afternoon.
Central dispatch received the call at 5:33 p.m.
County Fire Chief Donny Green told WJLE that Steve Mathis and his wife, who reside at 7528 Nashville Highway, Dowelltown had left home around noon to go to Murfreesboro. As they returned around 5:30 p.m. and opened the garage door to park their vehicle, they saw that the garage was filled with smoke. As the Mathis' entered the home, they found fire and smoke coming from the kitchen and called 911.
Chief Green said firefighters made entry into the home and found the fire in the kitchen near where a dishwasher and coffee maker were located. Fire damage was contained to that portion of the kitchen although heat and smoke spread throughout the house. No one was injured.
Members of the Main Station, Liberty Station, and Tanker #1 responded along with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.