Fire severely damages garage, vehicle at Maryville home
By J.J. KINDRED | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A fire severely damaged a vehicle and the garage it was housed in Monday afternoon at 2209 Chesterfield Drive in Maryville.
According to Maryville Fire Department Capt. Mike Sing, firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 4:43 p.m. The vehicle, a 2004 Honda Odyssey van, was fully engulfed in flames upon their arrival. The fire then spread to the garage, which became fully involved. The fire did not threaten the rest of the residence, and firefighters had the blaze under control at 5:24 p.m.
“The guys cut (the fire) off before it got there,” Sing said. “There was limited fire and smoke damage, but the crew did a good job of cutting if off before it got to the home. There was some damage, but not what it could have been.”
Trish Clinton, the vehicle’s owner, said the fire started out small, but then grew.
“I came out and smelled it, and looked underneath and there was something coming from under the engine which caught on fire,” Clinton told The Daily Times as firefighters battled the blaze. “I tried to put it out with the fire extinguisher and that didn’t work, so I just got everyone out and called 911. There was something dripping from underneath the car, and I really don’t know what it was. I just had work done on it.”
Vehicle just paid off
Clinton, who lived in the house with her son, sister and dogs, said the vehicle was just paid off this month and was insured.
The Alcoa Fire Department sent four firefighters to assist in putting out the blaze. The Maryville Police Department, Blount County Rescue Squad, Rural/Metro Ambulance Service, and the American Red Cross were also on the scene.
The cause of the vehicle fire remains unknown as the investigation is continuing.