KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Knoxville Police Department responded to a home break in call on Coker Avenue around 8 a.m. Sunday morning.
The home owner says the house was ransacked and several item were stolen before a fire started in the basement.
Investigators believe the fire was started by the burglar, but it is unclear whether it was intentional or accidental.
No serious damage was caused by the fire, but smoke damaged several items of furniture.
More information will be available following the conclusion of the investigation.