Large fire engulfs Knoxville home days before family was set to move in

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A Fountain City home went up in flames early Friday morning. Neighbors spotted the fire shortly before 7:00 a.m. and called 911, according to firefighters.

Aerial footage of house fire on Midland Ave. in Fountain City on July 12, 2013 (WVLT)

FOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Just days away from being ready for a new family to move in, a Fountain City home goes up in flames early Friday morning. Neighbors first spotted the fire around 6:00 a.m. and called 911, but the house, was fully engulfed by the time firefighters got there, according to the Knoxville Fire Dept.

Crews quickly went to work, trying to push the blaze back into the home, so they could attack it from the interior. As they went in though, the flames reached the attic and the incident commander pulled everyone out for safety reasons. An aerial stream continued spraying the home and the fire was finally contained by 7:00 a.m.

Nobody was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. The homeowner, who arrived on the scene later, told fore officials he had been remodeling, so he and his family could move in as soon as next week.

Fire investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire.

A Fountain City home went up in flames early Friday morning. Neighbors spotted the fire shortly before 7:00 a.m. and called 911, according to firefighters.

The home, 404 Midlake Dr., was fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived. They were forced to clear out after the roof collapsed.

A spokesperson for the Knoxville Fire Dept. said no one was hurt in the fire. The house was reportedly vacant and being remodeled.

Local 8 News has a team on the scene and we will update this story as it develops.


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