KNOVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — A firefighter had to be taken away from a burning home on a stretcher after suffering a leg injury in East Knox County.
The Knox County Rural Metro Fire Department responded to a reported house fire in the 7300 block of Asheville Highway Thursday afternoon. All four lanes of the highway were closed around 4:20 p.m.
We’re told the firefighter who was taken out on a stretcher suffered non-life threatening injuries.
“What the guys have to do is they have to go in now and do what we call salvage overall. They have to mop up all the hot spots that are in it,” Rural Metro Fire’s Jeff Bagwell said. “And all that carbon particulates. The biproducts of fire are still in the house and those are just as dangerous now as they would have been 45 minutes ago in the heat of battle.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.