Three people are safe after a house fire on West Outer Drive on Friday morning.
Fire crews arrived on scene of the home, located at 687 West Outer Drive, within three minutes of the call, a press release said. They arrived at 10:06 a.m. to find the home on fire with heavy smoke coming from the roof.
One man suffered injuries that weren’t life-threatening after escaping through a window, the press release said. He was treated on scene and did not need to be taken to the hospital.
A construction crew nearby helped the people evacuate before firefighters arrived on scene, the press release said.
Several pets were inside the home. Two cats and a dog were rescued, and four other pets were unable to be located.
The fire was under control by 10:20 a.m., and crews were on scene until about noon investigating and putting out hot spots.
The press release said the American Red Cross is helping the three people who lived there.
A preliminary investigation showed the possible cause to be a laptop battery charging on a desk, the press release said.
There were no working fire alarms in the home.
“The Oak Ridge Fire Department would like to remind everyone of the importance of working smoke alarms,” the press release said. “You can contact the Oak Ridge Fire Department for a free inspection of your smoke alarms at 865-425-FIRE (3473).”
Oak Ridge Police Department, City of Oak Ridge Electric Department, Oak Ridge Utility District, and Anderson County Emergency Medical Services helped ORFD at the Friday morning fire.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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