Knoxville fire crews remain on scene of McClung Warehouse fire

Knoxville fire crews remain on scene of McClung Warehouse fire

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Unsure if it could fall, they're working to keep people out of the area. Unsure if it could fall, they're working to keep people out of the area.
Sunday, fire crews were still on the scene, having stayed overnight on fire watch. Sunday, fire crews were still on the scene, having stayed overnight on fire watch.
Their main task is to prevent the one remaining McClung Warehouse building from reigniting. Their main task is to prevent the one remaining McClung Warehouse building from reigniting.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Fire crews remain on the scene of the McClung Warehouse fire in downtown Knoxville and likely won't be leaving anytime soon.

The massive fire, which sparked early Saturday morning, burned through two buildings of the historic property on the corner of Broadway and Jackson Avenue.

One of those buildings partially collapsed. The Knoxville Fire Department demolished the rest of it.

Sunday, fire crews were still on the scene, having stayed overnight on fire watch.

"They stayed here all night, watching the building, watching conditions," said Knoxville Fire Department Captain DJ Corcoran.

Their main task is to prevent the one remaining McClung Warehouse building from reigniting.

They had to put out several hot spots overnight, having to fight the flames from outside the building because it's too dangerous to go inside.

"It makes it a little more difficult to put the fire out and hit spots that you really can't see where the flames are coming from. You're just hitting that general direction," said Corcoran.

Crews will stay overnight Sunday and for most of Monday as well.

Their other main concern is the structural condition of the building.

Unsure if it could fall, they're working to keep people out of the area.

They installed new fencing around the structure Sunday afternoon.

As to the cause, it remains unclear.

Arson investigators are certain there was some type of human involvement.

Whether it was intentional or accidental, they just don't know at this point.

Corcoran says they are interviewing area residents to hopefully help answer that question.

"They're also interviewing homeless folks who frequent this area to see what they may know," said Corcoran.

The road remains blocked at both ends of Jackson Avenue.

KFD says they are reevaluating their plan of action every 12 hours.

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