Cocke County firefighters stay busy

NEWPORT, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It's been a busy few days for firefighters in Cocke county and one of the fires has been ruled suspicious.

Firefighters say heating your home can be dangerous. The county's had 5 fire calls since the weekend.

One fire near Newport was a result of a man trying to keep his chickens warm. Firefighters say a heat lamp knocked over and the fire spread from the chicken pin to his house.

Other fires are from chimneys. Firefighters say this has been a problem because people haven't cleaned the chimney's as they should have.

"You've got to work them so hard t his time of year, your chimney's if you burn wood or coal or anything like that you're really really, having to stoke them up to keep your house warm and that's usually when it happens," said Chief William Smallwood, Cocke County Fire.

Firefighters say a suspicious fire happened at a home on Manning Chapel Road. That's because no one was living there at the time.

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