Alcoa apartment fire kills one woman
By Matthew Stewart | (email@example.com)
Alcoa Fire Department received a call at 2:13 a.m. today about an apartment fire at 340 Sanderson St., said Chief Roger Robinson. Personnel arrived on scene within four minutes, and the fire was extinguished within 10 minutes.
Emergency personnel recovered an unidentified woman, performed CPR and transported her to Blount Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead, Robinson said. Officials are withholding the woman’s identity until the family has been identified.
Foul play isn’t suspected, he said. Officials have requested an autopsy, which should be completed within 24-48 hours.
Alcoa Police Detective Kris Sanders and Alcoa Fire Marshal Darren Stinnett are investigating the incident, Robinson said.
Four fire engines, including one Maryville engine that responded through the city’s mutual aid agreement, and 20 firefighters were on scene, he said. The last unit cleared the scene at 6 a.m.
Alcoa firefighter Dan Harris was injured on scene, Robinson said. The firefighter broke his ankle while trying to get the hose off his engine to establish the water supply.
Harris was transported to Blount Memorial Hospital where he underwent surgery, he said. The firefighter hasn’t been released, and the department hasn’t been advised when he might return to work.
Harris has worked 10 years at the Alcoa Fire Department.