KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A firefighter was sent to the hospital for dehydration after battling an early morning house fire in east Knoxville on Tuesday morning. He is expected to be okay.
Crews arrived at 3212 Linden Avenue, at the intersection of Mary Street, around 7 a.m. for a report of a house fire.
When firefighters arrived, they saw smoke and flames from the rear of the two-story structure which they say was subdivided into a two unit apartment building.
No one is inside at the time of the fire, according to firefighters.
Crews went to each level of the home to control the initial flames, but later discovered the fire was spreading to the attic area and through the roof.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Arson investigators are determining the cause.
The Knoxville Fire Department asks for neighborhoods to keep a watchful eye on vacant properties and report to authorities any suspicious activities.
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