An Oak Ridge firefighter was injured in a fire in a vacant house on Artesia Drive early Friday, February 14.
The fire was reported at about 3:20 a.m. February 14.
When the Oak Ridge Fire Department arrived, firefighters found heavy smoke and fire coming from the windows and eaves of the home, a press release said.
“The fire crew entered through the front door and quickly extinguished the fire in the kitchen area,” the press release said.
The home was vacant and in foreclosure at the time of the fire. It was owned by a bank, but it had a sale pending, the press release said.
“However, the house appeared to have had serious structural damage prior to the fire with holes cut into the floors, which resulted in an injury to one of the Oak Ridge firefighters,” the press release said. “The firefighter was transported to Methodist Medical Center where he was treated and later released with non-life-threatening injuries.”
The origin of the fire has been identified within the structure and the Oak Ridge Police Department, along with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, were called in to assist fire investigators in the investigation.
“If you have any information concerning this incident, please call Oak Ridge Police Department via non-emergency dispatch at (865) 425-4399,” the press release said.
“The Oak Ridge Fire Department would like to remind everyone about the Tennessee Arson Hotline,” the release said. “Anyone with information about a suspicious and/or incendiary fire is encouraged to call the Tennessee Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017. The call and your identity is confidential, and you could earn a cash award of up to $ 1,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person starting the fire.”
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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