Woman safe after house catches fire; explosions reported

Woman safe after house catches fire; explosions reported

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The fire broke out at the house located on the 900 block of Boyd's Creek Highway around 2:45 a.m. The fire broke out at the house located on the 900 block of Boyd's Creek Highway around 2:45 a.m.
Crews worked early into the morning to extinguish the blaze. Crews worked early into the morning to extinguish the blaze.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - After a woman escaped her burning home in Seymour Thursday morning, investigators are working to determine what sparked the flames.

The fire broke out in the early morning hours at a home on the 900 block of Boyds Creek Road, damaging the roof as well as an attached car port and truck. Now officials think it may not have been an accident.

Yellow tape was barricading the home on Thursday. It was a much different scene just a few hours earlier.

Fire investigators say neighbors reported hearing loud explosions. "I had retired for the evening and the loud boom woke me up," said neighbor Joe Carter.

Because of that, bomb and arson squads are continuing to gather evidence. Investigators know flames broke out in the car port, then jumped to the roof.

"There's obviously fuels there. There's a vehicle with gasoline, propane tanks, probably lawn mowers, gas, lots of things there that could start a fire," said Detective Jay Breeden with the Sevier County Sheriff's Office.

Only one person was there at the time, and she made it out safely.

The Sevier County Sheriff's Office says that there was a report of a domestic dispute that took place earlier this week. We obtained a copy of the fire report, which says the woman living there had recently filed an order of protection after an argument with her boyfriend.

According to the fire report, the resident says her boyfriend called her around midnight the day of the fire and said he was going to get back at her.

"Is that a red flag? Sure, but that obviously plays a factor in how you work the scene, how you handle it, and which direction you go," added Detective Breeden.

The fire has not been ruled arson yet, and investigators will be back out Friday to gather more evidence.

The woman who escaped the fire is now staying with family members who live close by.

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