Neighbor saves Knoxville family from a house fire

Neighbor saves Knoxville family from a house fire

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Investigators say the cause of the fire is suspicious. Investigators say the cause of the fire is suspicious.
Smoke alarms did not go off, but a good Samaritan stopped to alert the family. Smoke alarms did not go off, but a good Samaritan stopped to alert the family.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Eight people were displaced Sunday after an early-morning house fire along Johnston Street in North Knoxville.

The blaze started around 2:30 Sunday morning, while the family was sleeping. Captain D.J. Corcoran with the Knoxville Fire Department says because of the way it started, the smoke alarms never went off.

"The fire started, what appears to be outside, went up the wall, went into the eaves and into the attic, and the smoke alarm never did activate," Corcoran said.

Since the alarms didn't go off, the family had no idea their house was on fire until a passerby stepped in.

"Apparently the person that called it in was passing by there, saw flames on the front porch, stopped went up and banged on the front door, alerted the eight people that were inside, five children and three adults," Corcoran said.

They were all able to make it out safely, but Corcoran says the damage could have easily been worse.

"In some cases, we've had fires where people were asleep, and the whole roof of their house burned off before they were ever aware they had a fire," Corcoran said.

He says the house did have working smoke alarms, but none in the attic where the smoke went first.

"Our hats-off to the folks that stopped and banged on those doors and got those people out. It could have been a different outcome had they not intervened," Corcoran said.

Investigators say the cause of the fire is suspicious and is being investigated. There were no injuries and the American Red Cross is assisting the family.

Firefighters say many people don't think about it, but every house should have a smoke alarm in the attic.

If you need an alarm for your attic and live in Knoxville, you can call 311 and firefighters will come install an alarm for free. 

 

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