Knoxville apartment fire blamed on burning cigarettes

Knoxville apartment fire blamed on burning cigarettes

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The Knoxville Fire Department says an upstairs resident of Woodgate Apartments, 701 Cedar Lane, called 911 around 9 a.m. to report the apartment just below his was on fire. (source: Knoxville Fire Department) The Knoxville Fire Department says an upstairs resident of Woodgate Apartments, 701 Cedar Lane, called 911 around 9 a.m. to report the apartment just below his was on fire. (source: Knoxville Fire Department)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville fire officials are blaming a Thursday morning apartment fire on a burning cigarette.

The Knoxville Fire Department says an upstairs resident of Woodgate Apartments, 701 Cedar Lane, called 911 around 9 a.m. to report the apartment just below his was on fire.

Firefighters had to force their way into the apartment. Once inside, they found a smoldering pile of trash on the living room floor.

Firefighters were able to cool the trash pile and contain the damage to that unit.

Carelessly discarded cigarettes throughout the apartment led fire investigators to determine the cause was a cigarette left burning.

The occupant was not home at the time. Neighbors were temporarily inconvenienced as they self-evacuated, and later had to have smoke cleared from their apartments.

No vacant units are available at the apartment complex, so the man will either find shelter with friends or family or be contacting an agency to assist.

No injuries were reported.

KFD says smoking in the home is the second leading cause of residential fires. The risk can be reduced by having an outside smoking area and proper means to dispose of cigarette butts.

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