Knoxville fire crews slammed with multiple weekend fires

Knoxville fire crews slammed with multiple weekend fires


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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Local firefighters have had their hands full this weekend, with multiple house fires popping up.

There were three fires in Knox County overnight Saturday and into the morning on Sunday.

The Knoxville Fire Department says an increase in fires is an unfortunate side effect of frigid temperatures, most of them sparked by heating units that people are using to stay warm.

Fire crews say every time it gets cold, they expect to work overtime.

Colder temperatures almost always mean more fires.

"Unspoken truth around the fire station is that the guys will try to catch a nap sometime during the day if it's expect to drop down below 20 degrees or so because the likelihood of them being out all night increases," said Knoxville Fire Department Captain DJ Corcoran.

Knoxville firefighters put out a house fire on Goldfinch Lane in South Knoxville Saturday night around 9:30 p.m., and then a fire at the Crossroads West Apartments off Brentway Circle in West Knoxville less than 30 minutes later.

At least 12 residents were displaced.

A third fire sparked at a home on Sam Houston Street in South Knoxville around 7 a.m. Sunday.

The homeowner suffered burns to the chest.

Corcoran says the colder temperatures also makes the fires harder to fight.

Water from fire hoses froze on Sam Houston Street, making it dangerous for firefighters to get around the house.

The city had to come salt the road.

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