Knoxville apartment fire that sent man to burn center ruled accidental

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An apartment fire in Knoxville over the weekend that sent a man to Vanderbilt Burn Center in critical condition has been ruled accidental.

The Knoxville Fire Department says the fire on Clinch Avenue started near or around a couch in a front room, possibly by carelessly maintained or discarded smoking paraphernalia.

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The victim was found in the upstairs apartment where the fire started as crews forced their way into put out the flames. A KFD spokesperson says the victim was unresponsive when CPR was performed.

There were four apartments in the building, two upstairs and two downstairs.

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