Crews fight flames, ice after Knox Co. house fire rekindles

Crews fight flames, ice after Knox Co. house fire rekindles

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Crews headed to the 8300 block of Oak Ridge Highway around 11:30 p.m. Crews headed to the 8300 block of Oak Ridge Highway around 11:30 p.m.
Firefighters had a hard time putting out the flames due to the cold and icy conditions. Firefighters had a hard time putting out the flames due to the cold and icy conditions.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A house fire in Knox County rekindled Wednesday night, and the cold temperatures made it harder for firefighters to extinguish the flames.

Crews headed to the 8300 block of Oak Ridge Highway around 11:30 p.m.

Officials say the home caught fire earlier in the day on Wednesday and then rekindled later that night.

The home was under renovation and no one was inside.

Firefighters had a hard time putting out the flames due to the cold and icy conditions.

"It's been below freezing all day, so earlier we had the fire we used the hydrant down the street to extinguish the fire, but it's now frozen. So we've had to find a new hydrant to use," said Deputy Chief Robert Watkins with the Knox County Fire Department.

Crews were forced to haul water from a hydrant down the street and dump it into a tank closer to the home.

"While we're using that tank water to fight the fire, they're gone to get more water and we keep two to three in rotation so that we don't run out of water," said Watkins.

The hydrants weren't the only thing freezing. The hoses and ground also froze, making the situation even worse.

"We've had some problems with slipping, quite a bit of water on the roadway, so things are starting to get a little hazardous for the firefighters walking around," said Watkins.

Officials say the fire started in the basement, but the cause of the blaze is unknown at this time.

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