SEYMOUR, Tenn. (WATE) – One person was killed in a Seymour house fire Friday morning.
The Seymour Volunteer Fire Department responded to the 200 block of Boyd’s Creek Highway around 5:30 a.m. Sevier County Sheriff Ron Seals confirmed a woman was killed in the blaze.
It is unclear how many people were originally in the house at the time of the fire.
“There were several people in the house. All were able to get out of the house except for one. That victim was removed by firefighters,” Sevier County Assistant Mayor Perrin Anderson said.
According to Seymour Volunteer Fire Chief John Linsenbigler his crews responded to the scene just minutes after the call came out.
“It’s very close to one of our main fire stations, and actually we had two of our volunteers, they were going to work that are firefighters in the city of Knoxville and Oak Ridge were first on the scene as well,” Linsenbigler said.
Linsenbigler said it wasn’t easy to search for the victim, but they were able to get inside the burning home shortly after arriving on scene.
“There’s a lot of safety; there’s a lot of regimented practices that all firefighters on situations like that get to get. But, yes, as soon as you have those resources available, we’re going to knock down the fire and do a quick search and rescue,” Linsenbigler said.
Linsenbigler said it wasn’t easy fighting the fire on the outside either.
“There was a lot of fuel, cause there was some cars that were near there and there was gasoline going down the driveway. There’s a lot of different hazards that had to be mitigated as well,” Linsenbigler said.
Linsenbigler said it’s never easy to respond to the scene of a fatality, and of course it’s never easy for the family to go through something like that.
He hopes the community keeps everyone in their prayers.
“You know, I would appreciate the support of the community, this area will be supportive of the family,” Linsenbigler said.
The identity of the victim has not been determined and investigators are awaiting the results of the autopsy to identify the victim.
The Sevier County Fire Department and Northview Fire Department assisted the Seymour VFD at the scene.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office investigation the cause of the fire.
Boyd’s Creek Highway was closed between Chapman Highway and Radar Drive and was reopen by 10 a.m.