Portable Heater Blamed in Knoxville (TN) Fire

Fire investigators say a portable heater started a fire that injured a firefighter and civilian in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The Knoxville Fire Department said the fire happened around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, according to a WATE report (http://bit.ly/IsbO9J). Firefighters arrived to find heavy flames at the two-story home.

Two adult brothers living at the residence escaped before firefighters arrived at the scene. One was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center with non-life-threatening burns to his head, while a firefighter was injured when charred debris fell into his eye.

Investigators believe the fire started because a portable heater was too close to combustible items in the home.

For more details and fire photos, go to http://bit.ly/IsbO9J.

For more on related firefighting issues, consider US Fire Administration Releases Report on Portable Heater Fires, , NFPA: Home Heating Fires Still a Leading Cause of Fatalities, NFPA, USFA Team Up to ‘Put a Freeze on Winter Fires’, and Preparing for the Weather: Winter.

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