Weekend fires keep crews busy

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Fire crews sift through the ruins of a South Knoxville house. Source: Rural Metro Fire Department

Two fires in less than twelve hours kept Rural Metro Fire Department crews busy over the weekend.

The good news was that no one was killed in the fires and in one instance the blaze was put out before it could cause much damage. The bad news was that one person was hurt and their home basically destroyed in the second fire, according to a Rural Metro spokesperson.

Dispatchers sent Rural Metro crews to a reported house in South Knox County at 1209 Spruce Drive about 10:30 p.m. Friday. 

“When crews arrived they discovered heavy fire at the rear and right side of the structure. Crews were able to stop the spread of the fire where they found it, but the damage from the fire had already been done,” the spokesperson said.

“The occupant had self-evacuated prior to the fire department’s arrival and was treated and transported by (ambulance) for what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries,” they said. “No other injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.”

The second fire took place about 5:30 a.m. Saturday at a trailer park in the Halls community of North Knox County.

Crews reached the scene to find a single-wide mobile home filled with smoke at 3101 Rifle Range Drive Lot 9, the spokesperson said.

The woman who lived in the mobile home and her dog were safely outside. Because the fire’s location was found almost immediately by the entry crew and “extinguished with very little water,” the amount of water damage was much less than it would have been otherwise, they said.

The cause of the fire wasn’t released.

Rural Metro officials stressed the importance of having smoke detectors that work properly.

Rural Metro crew on the scene of a fire at a mobile home in Halls.

Published on May 31, 2021