West Knoxville home burns

Knoxville firefighters negotiate a stair case in a home on Lonas Road that caught fire Thursday. (Source: KFD)

A West Knoxville house was severely damaged by a fire that apparently started just after noon Thursday, authorities said.

No one was hurt, and the house’s occupants were being aided by the American Red Cross, said Knoxville Fire Department Assistant Chief Mark Wilbanks. 

“This afternoon at 12:32 p.m., Knox County 911 received a report of a house filling with smoke and flames underneath the home in the crawlspace. The caller advised that everyone was getting out of the home,” Wilbanks said.

When KFD engine companies reached the two-story house at 5405 Lonas Road, the crew members could see smoke at the front of the structure, he said.y

“Fire companies quickly went to work, gaining access to the  crawlspace and knocking down the fire. Unfortunately, due to the location and spread of the fire, crews were forced to cut a hole in the floor of the home’s first floor to better access the space,” he continued.

“Occupants were alerted to the fire by smoke alarms and heat,” he said. “Both occupants, an adult male and an adult female, and several cats were able to exit the structure and were unharmed.”

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Published on September 30, 2022.