KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knox County Sheriff's Office says the fire that claimed a West Knox County man's mobile home was intentionally set by robbers.
Donald Thomas of Yarnell Road told deputies that on Sunday night around 7 p.m. he heard his dog barking and got up from his couch to find out if anyone was outside.
He said two men came into the home through the back door and pushed Thomas onto his couch, demanding money.
The men took about $60 in cash and $60 worth of costume rings.
Thomas said the two men had a gas can and began spreading it around the living room and kitchen, then ignited it before fleeing.
Thomas said he was able to get out before firefighters arrived and was taken to Parkwest Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation and injuries sustained during the assault.
The victim said he did not know the intruders.
Firefighters said Sunday the home was a total loss.