Homeowner upset with KFD after fire breaks out at home

Homeowner upset with KFD after fire breaks out at South Knox. home

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The fire was consumed in flames by the time the fire department arrived on scene. The fire was consumed in flames by the time the fire department arrived on scene.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A fire broke out at a South Knoxville home and now the homeowner wants to know why the Knoxville Fire Department wasn't there to respond.

The fire happened on McCall Lane around 3:30 p.m.

Two people were home at the time and were able to get out safely.

Most of the home was consumed by flames by the time the Seymour Fire Department got on the scene.

The homeowner and neighbors told 6 News that they were upset that the Knoxville Fire Department did not respond.

The homeowner told 6 News he pays city taxes, however KFD spokesman D.J. Corcoran said the home was outside of city limits in Knox County and therefore the responsibility of the Seymour Fire Department.

Neighbors also said they were upset, saying they believed the city should respond because a KFD station is located on nearby Chapman Highway.

However, Corcoran said because the property is located in the county, the city will only respond when backup is requested by the responding agency.

In this case, Seymour Fire Department requested additional backup only from its own volunteer firefighters, not KFD.

The Red Cross is assisting the homeowner with temporary housing.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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