KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — A North Knoxville home is considered a total loss after crews extinguished a fire at a home occupied by eight people early Thursday, a Knoxville Fire Department spokesperson said.
The house fire at the intersection of Sunrise St and W. Oakhill Ave just before 9 a.m. Other 911 callers reported heavy smoke in the vicinity of I-275 South.
Firefighters arrived at the scene to find heavy fire at the rear of the structure also involving a van. Crews worked for over 80 minutes to extinguish the fire and were required to exit the home due to concerns for the stability of the building.
No injuries have been reported and the house is considered a complete loss. One firefighter was evaluated and released on the scene for a heat-related issue.
KFD Assistant Chief Mark Wilbanks said the home did not have working smoke detectors.
The home was occupied by two adults and six children. One dog is unaccounted for. The American Red Cross is assisting the family.
Knoxville Fire Investigators are working to determine the fire’s cause.
Wilbanks said this is the first fire of the year with warmer temperatures, creating the need for firefighters to recover and cool down more of often than in winter months.
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