One killed in apartment fire

Investigators from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at the scene of a fatal fire Tuesday night off Pleasant Ridge Road. Photo by Jenna Stambaugh.

An apartment fire in North Knox County claimed the life of one person Tuesday night and left several others at least temporarily homeless, authorities said.

Although police and fire officials declined to discuss a possible cause of the fire, a spokesperson from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said that law enforcement investigators were trying to determine what happened.

“The Knox County Fire Investigation Unit along with KCSO’s Major Crimes Unit are on the scene and will be conducting the investigation into the cause of the fire,” said KCSO spokesperson Kimberly Glenn. 

Crews from Rural Metro Fire Department and police were dispatched to a possible apartment fire about 9:30 p.m. at Autumn Lane Apartments, 6331 Pleasant Ridge Road, Glenn said. 

Officers could tell that flames were coming from at least one apartment unit and Rural Metro firefighters “worked diligently to contain the fire,” she said.

“There was one female victim transported by AMR Ambulance to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where she was later pronounced deceased as a result of her injuries sustained in the fire,” Glenn said.

The victim’s identity was being withheld pending notification of her next-of-kin, Glenn said.

The American Red Cross also responded to the scene and was “assisting displaced residents,” she said. 

It wasn’t clear how many residents of the apartment complex had been forced from their homes by the fire.

“Sheriff Tom Spangler asks that you remember the victims family and the other families displaced in your prayers,” Glenn said. 

Published on June 30, 2021