Knoxville family of 8 displaced by early morning fire

Knoxville family of 8 displaced by early morning fire

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Fire officials say a driver noticed the front porch of the Johnston Street home was on fire, then jumped out of his car and began banging on the residence's door, waking the family up. (Source: Knoxville Fire Department) Fire officials say a driver noticed the front porch of the Johnston Street home was on fire, then jumped out of his car and began banging on the residence's door, waking the family up. (Source: Knoxville Fire Department)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A family of eight was displaced by a fire early Sunday morning, according to the Knoxville Fire Department.

Fire officials say a driver noticed the front porch of the Johnston Street home was on fire, then jumped out of his car and began banging on the residence's door, waking the family up.

Officials say the fire appears to have started near the front door before making its way to the home's attic from the outside.

Firefighters say that because the fire was mainly outside and overhead, the smoke alarms inside the home hadn't had a chance to sound an alarm.

The family of three adults and five children were able to make it out of the home without harm.

They are being assisted by the American Red Cross while they are displaced.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Knoxville Fire Department reminds anyone that they will install smoke alarms free of charge by dialing 311, and that residents should consider placing alarms in attics or crawl spaces.

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