Firefighters battle flames, ice to put out Knoxville house fire

Firefighters battle flames, ice to put out Knoxville house fire

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The Knoxville Fire Department responded to the blaze around 2:20 a.m. on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Huron Street. The Knoxville Fire Department responded to the blaze around 2:20 a.m. on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Huron Street.
Firefighters say the resident and a neighbor made it safely out of the burning home. Firefighters say the resident and a neighbor made it safely out of the burning home.
Extreme freezing temperatures were an obstacle for firefighters. Extreme freezing temperatures were an obstacle for firefighters.
Water turned to ice on the Knoxville Fire Departments' trucks. Water turned to ice on the Knoxville Fire Departments' trucks.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - In addition to huge flames, firefighters also had to battle ice while extinguishing a house fire early Friday morning in Knoxville.

The Knoxville Fire Department responded to the blaze around 2:20 a.m. on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Huron Street.

Firefighters say the resident and a neighbor made it safely out of the burning home.

The resident says she and a neighbor were outside the home checking on her pet ducks in the backyard when they heard the smoke alarm inside the house.

"I heard it went 'beep beep beep' and I still had the door cracked and my bathroom was right there and next to it was my dressing room and all my clothes were in flames," said homeowner Angela Ott. "I got the fire extinguisher and I tried to put it out."

Unable to extinguish the flames she called 911 and began to search for her two cats.

"My cats always go under my king sized bed when they're scared and I couldn't see inside there," said Ott.

Ott was never able to find them and believes they died in the fire.

"Just to think they burned up," said Ott. "That's my babies. They're better than my family."

KFD says the home is a complete loss, and aid is being offered to the resident.

Extreme freezing temperatures were an obstacle for firefighters, because water turned to ice on their gear, trucks and the streets.

"It's hard fighting fire in these conditions. It's a strain on the body," said Capt. D.J. Corcoran with the Knoxville Fire Department. "We've had extra people here for manpower rotating those people in and out trying to get them inside where it's a little bit warm."

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

In addition to this blaze, the KFD also responded to a house fire in West Knoxville located on Nightingale Lane.

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