KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Knoxville Firefighters battled a kitchen fire in West Knoxville Friday night.
According to the Knoxville Fire Department, the fire started just before midnight in the 200 block of North Bellemeade Avenue, just off of Kingston Pike.
Firefighters say they saw flames coming out of a window on the left side of the home.
We’re told the homeowner made it out safely, and he told firefighters that he fell asleep after heating oil on his stove to fry some french fries.
The fire was quickly extinguished, and the homeowner is being assisted with a temporary shelter.
Knoxville Firefighters say more than half of residential fires are a result of cooking, and want to remind everyone to never leave a hot stove unattended, or become preoccupied with other tasks, while cooking.