Debris at Knoxville house fire a challenge for firefighters

(Photo: KFD)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) — No injuries were reported during a house fire in Northeast Knoxville, but firefighters said it was difficult to access the flames because of debris blocking their way.

The fire started at a home located at 4009 Valley View Drive. Captain DJ Corcoran with Knoxville Fire Department said a contractor was sweating copper plumbing fittings with a torch underneath the house and tried to extinguish the flames with a fire extinguisher before calling 911.

When firefighters arrived, Corcoran said they found smoke coming from the eaves and heavy flames through a window near the center of the one-story half brick facade rancher. The two residents and two dogs exited safely.

Investigators are working to determine the exact cause of the fire.

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