West Knox Co. house fire under investigation

West Knox Co. house fire under investigation

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It happened around 3:30 a.m. on the 200 block of Brampton Road near Amesbury Road. (source: Lacey Facer) It happened around 3:30 a.m. on the 200 block of Brampton Road near Amesbury Road. (source: Lacey Facer)
Officials say the gas had already been turned off at the house, but the electricity was still running. Officials say the gas had already been turned off at the house, but the electricity was still running.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A West Knox County home burst into flames early Tuesday morning.

Rural/Metro firefighters say it happened around 3:30 a.m. on the 200 block of Brampton Road near Amesbury Road.

Crews say the home was vacant after the homeowner passed away on Friday. Battalion Chief Jeff Devlin says the gas was turned off, but the electricity was still running.

"When you have a structure with nobody living in it, and power still running to it, you have a recipe for some problems," said  Devlin.

The incident was first reported to dispatchers as a home explosion. One neighbor who witnessed the fire spoke to 6 News about the moments leading up to the blaze.

"I heard what I thought was dripping water. Not sure it must have been where it was popping. Then it looked like I saw a flash of light a few times. Then outside my window it looked bright like daylight," said Mary Goodman.

Goodman says she has never seen anything like this happen before.

"By the time [crews] got here, one side had started to fall and the roof had already caved in, and it was quite a sight. Flames were shooting high into the sky," said Goodman.

"It was pretty much gone by the time we got here to be totally blunt," said Devlin. "The neighbors what they thought was an explosion was probably a collapse or the tires popping on one of the cars."

No injuries have been reported at this time.

Rural/Metro did make contact with the late homeowner's brother and confirmed no one was living in the home since his passing.

The cause remains under investigation.

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