West Knox Co. house "total loss" after fire

KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Rural/Metro told Local 8 News they were responding to a house fire in West Knox County on Wednesday afternoon.

Crews were dispatched to Abners Ridge at Farmhouse at 3:45 p.m.

Authorities reported seeing heavy fire near the back of the Farragut home. They said the fire began in the attic of the home, either from a light in the attic or from the HVAC system. Officials believed the HVAC system was most likely the cause of the fire.

According to officials at the scene, a neighbor saw flames and tried to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher; however, the flames forced the neighbor to retreat.

When crews attempted to enter the structure through the roof, the intense heat drove them back to the front yard, Rural/Metro said. The roof entry that was gained was used to flow water directly onto the fire to lower the temperature inside the structure so that crews could again enter the home.

Officials said the house was a total loss, other than various salvageable knick knacks.

Officials said no injuries were reported, and two dogs were saved from the fire.

Rural/Metro said Farmhouse Road and Bayshore Drive would remain affected after the fire, and motorists should use caution because of icing after water was used to fight the fire.

Rural/Metro told Local 8 News the fire was the seventh house fire in 2018 in Knox County.