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It took firefighters about 30 minutes to put out the fire. The home was destroyed.
About three hours later firefighters were called to 2604 Belvedere Ave. SE, where they reported seeing flames shooting through the roof when they arrived. That home was also gutted.
Neighbors tell 6 News they thought the home had been unoccupied for about a month.
No injuries were reported.
Warren Maclin, who had
rented out the home on Belvedere Avenue for 20 years, received a call Tuesday morning that his rental house was on fire.
"Just awful you know. I got shaken, scared I guess," said Maclin.
Fire Department spokesman D.J. Corcoran says the two fires starting just
hours apart in the same neighborhood are suspicious. He says there could
be many causes from electrical issues to arson.
population here in Knoxville has increased and you'll see the vagrants,
they are opportunists and they will find a structure that's empty, has a 'for sale' sign and they'll break into those and start a fire to stay
warm," said Corcoran.
Corcoran says people need to keep an eye
out for suspicious activity near vacant homes in their community. This
could prevent someone from breaking in and starting a fire.
with temperatures dropping, the president of Knox Area Rescue Ministries,
Burt Rosen, wants to remind those in need that KARM shelters are always
open. KARM has space for about 400 people. When the temperatures drop
below freezing KARM puts out a white flag warning.
"One it tells
them that there's space for them to get out of the elements. The second,
it serves as a warning letting people know temperatures are dangerously
cold and it's better for you to be inside then outside," said Rosen.
It could be a couple weeks before the cause of Maclin's rental house fire is determined. He hopes to one day repair the home.
"Maybe I can fix it if I can get insurance on it, if they'll fix it," said Maclin.
If you have any information on the fires in South Knoxville, call arson investigators at 865-637-1386.