KFD: Fire that killed two men started in home’s attic area
When the crews arrived, they said that fire was coming through the roof of the one-story building.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – UPDATE March 16, 2020 1 p.m .: According to a spokesman for the Knoxville Fire Department, Saturday’s house fire that killed two men appears to have started in the attic due to an electrical problem.
Firefighters found a smoke alarm in the hallway of the house at 4200 Valencia Road, but were unsure whether it was functional, according to Captain DJ Corcoran.
The fire was reported at 8:12 a.m. on Saturday.
According to Corcoran, KFD did not publish the names of the victims on Monday for political reasons.
The men were the first burn victims of the year in Knoxville. Four people died in fires in the city last year, including an elderly man in December.
PREVIOUS STORY: Two men are dead after being dragged out of a burning house on Saturday afternoon.
The Knoxville Fire Department said in a statement that their agency had been informed that the men passed away on Saturday night.
A doctor’s autopsy will determine the cause of death and the identity of the two.
Fire investigators have classified the fire as accidental and electrical.
ORIGINAL STORY: Two people were dragged from a burning house in Knoxville on Saturday morning.
At around 8:12 a.m., KPD units responded to 4200 Valencia Road to receive reports of a house fire started by neighbors.
When the crews arrived, they said that fire came through the roof of a one-story building.
Firefighters said they then dragged lines of attack up the steep driveway and started pushing back the flame while additional firefighters forced entry and searched for possible victims.
Two male victims were pulled from the side of the building and authorities said CPR started immediately.
The two men were sent to the UT Medial Center, and their condition is unknown at the time.