Fire heavily damages West Knox County condo

Fire heavily damages West Knox County condo

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Firefighters say the fire started in a garage in the rear of the complex, then spread to the residential area. Firefighters say the fire started in a garage in the rear of the complex, then spread to the residential area.
Though the fire was large and affected many people, Rural/Metro Fire Chief Jerry Harnish said the type of fire was not unusual. Though the fire was large and affected many people, Rural/Metro Fire Chief Jerry Harnish said the type of fire was not unusual.
"It was real scary," said Roseanne Bell, who lives in the complex. "It was real scary," said Roseanne Bell, who lives in the complex.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -  Several vehicles were destroyed Wednesday night when a fire started in the garage of a West Knox County condominium complex.

Rural/Metro fire crews were called to the complex on Wimbledon Drive around 10:30 p.m.

Firefighters say the fire started in a garage in the rear of the complex, then spread to the residential area.

The fire grew into a two-alarm blaze with about 40 firefighters called to the scene. That included eight engine companies, a ladder company, two ambulances and other Rural/Metro units.

Assistance was also provided by the Karns Volunteer Fire Department and the Knox Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad.

A firefighter was transported to the hospital for a twisted ankle, but has since been released.

Though the fire was large and affected many people, Rural/Metro Fire Chief Jerry Harnish said the type of fire was not unusual.

"This was fairly typical," he said.

Residents of three condo units were evacuated, but the fire was concentrated in the vehicle storage area.

"It was real scary," said Roseanne Bell, who lives in the complex. "Flames were coming from this end of the condo area and it looked like it was going to destroy everything. We were pleased when we heard everyone had gotten out and everybody's pet had gotten out."

The woman who was injured was taken to Parkwest Hospital, but the extent of her injuries is not yet known.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Crews were called back to the scene around 6:30 Thursday morning to put out hot spots. 

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