Discarded cigarette ruled as cause for Bell Walker's Crossing Apartments fire

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KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Fire investigators determined that a discarded cigarette is to blame for the Bell Walker's Crossing Apartments fire that destroyed four units and displaced residents from 24 units in June.

On June 21 at 10 a.m., crews with the Knoxville Fire Department were dispatched to Bell Walker's Crossing Apartments at 8351 Blockhouse Way for reports of a fire. Crews called the fire a 2-alarm fire.

911 dispatchers were initially made aware of the fire by a maintenance worker who detected the flames on the third floor balcony. KFD said the maintenance worker tried to put out the fire with an extinguisher before calling 911.

Knoxville Fire Department Captain D.J. Corcoran told Local 8 News, "After a thorough follow up from our fire investigators, the cause of the fire has been determined to have started on the wood deck of apartment 331 of building 8351, from accidentally or carelessly discarded incendiary device."