Occupants not home when Maryville home blaze started
A Maryville home was completely destroyed after a fire started in the residence Saturday morning, a blaze which killed four dogs inside the home.
Firefighters said several people were in the process of moving into the home, located at 112 High Rose Boulevard, but were not home when the fire started. The renter was identified as Tammy Whitehead while the homeowner was listed as Leon Sands, of Linebarger Drive, Maryville.
Blount County Firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 7:26 a.m., with six trucks and 12 firefighters beginning to arrive at 7:31 a.m.
The house was fully involved when authorities first arrived. Blount County Fire Captain Jim Patty said the fire was under control at about 7:45 a.m.
Patty said he believes there are three people that had just moved into the residence, but none were at the house at the time of the fire. Unfortunately, there were four dogs inside the home which perished, Patty said.
A trailer located behind the home sustained heat damage, Patty said, with some of the windows breaking and portions of the underpining and siding melting as a result of intense heat from the nearby fire.
“That house was just a few seconds from being involved,” Patty said.
The Blount County Sheriff’s Office and Rural/Metro Ambulance Service also responded to the scene.
Meanwhile, Blount County firefighters were dispatched at 3:19 p.m. Sunday afternoon to a fire at 1828 William Blount Drive.
The fire was contained to a bedroom, and its occupants, identified as Holly McConnell along with two young children, made it out safely with no injuries.
Smoke and heat damaged the home. It was not a total loss, but the home is not habitable at this point, Patty said.
Seven Blount County fire trucks with 11 firefighters and Blount County Sheriff’s officers were on the scene. The American Red Cross was also on the scene to assist the family with necessities.
The cause of both fires is unknown, and investigations are ongoing, Patty said.