Knoxville firefighters investigate suspicious house fire

(David Killebrew)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – When Knoxville Fire Department arrived at a vacant house fire in East Knoxville, they found flames shooting through the roof of the home.

Firefighters said they were alerted to the fire at 12:45 a.m. Monday. By the time firefighters arrived at the house, located near Cherry Street in the 2100 block of Citrus Street, the fire had already reached the attack, burning through the trusses and roofing shingles and making the house unsafe to enter.

Firefighters used hand lines to put out the fire. Because of the freezing temperatures overnight, Knoxville’s Service Department put salt and sand down around the house to prevent water run-off from becoming frozen on the street.

No injuries were reported, according to Knoxville fire. Arson investigators said that they are still investigating the cause of the fire, but it is suspicious because utilities to the home had previously been disconnected.

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