Body found after Knoxville crews extinguish vacant market fire

Body found after Knoxville crews extinguish vacant market fire

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It happened around 1 a.m. on Saturday. It happened around 1 a.m. on Saturday.
The business was ordered closed over the summer by the city.  It has since been boarded up with "No Trespassing" signs. The business was ordered closed over the summer by the city. It has since been boarded up with "No Trespassing" signs.
"When it's cold weather like this, we don't know the intent of the person inside, the victim that was found. Whether they were breaking in or trying to stay warm or what was going on there," said Corcoran. "When it's cold weather like this, we don't know the intent of the person inside, the victim that was found. Whether they were breaking in or trying to stay warm or what was going on there," said Corcoran.
"We have light shows like that every couple of weeks where there's police cars," said East Knoxville resident David Longwell. "We have light shows like that every couple of weeks where there's police cars," said East Knoxville resident David Longwell.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A body was discovered after a fire early Saturday morning at an abandoned convenience store.

Firefighters found the body inside the store after they put the fire out.

The Knox County District Attorney General's office and the Knoxville Police Department had shut down the Bi-Lo Market in East Knoxville back in June for criminal activity.

The fire started just after 1 a.m. at the market at the corner of Harrison Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.

Police and firefighters are working to determine how the fire started and who the person is.

Within 30 minutes of arrival, firefighters had the fire under control, but that's when they made the discovery.

"Made the attack and started putting the fire out. They did a primary search and then on a secondary search, they found the body inside the building," said Captain DJ Corcoran of the Knoxville Fire Department.

The fire was primarily in the ceiling.

The victim was found in the front corner of the building.

"When it's cold weather like this, we don't know the intent of the person inside, the victim that was found. Whether they were breaking in or trying to stay warm or what was going on there," said Corcoran.

Since its forced closure, Bi-Lo Market has been boarded up, with no trespassing signs posted on the outside.

The building was boarded up again after fire crews left the scene.

KPD said the market was a threat to the community.

More than 300 violent altercations had occurred at the store since 2009.

It was after officers conducted an undercover drug deal there that they shut it down.

Residents in this area say this latest happening still doesn't shock them.

"It doesn't really surprise me in this area. I mean, there's all kinds of stuff going on. We have light shows like that every couple of weeks where there's police cars," said East Knoxville resident David Longwell.

Investigators are still trying to positively identify the victim and determine the cause of death.

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