Three escape fire: Blount County firefighters battle blaze at Rockford residence
Three residents escaped injury in a fire that damaged a residence at 217 Rockford Walker Court in Rockford Tuesday afternoon.
Blount County firefighters were dispatched to the home just after 1 p.m. Firefighters said the fire started in one of the bedrooms. The home was not fully engulfed in flames, but heavy smoke was seen throughout.
Two bedrooms, including the room where the fire started, were gutted, said Blount County Fire Lt. Johnny Leatherwood.
Jessica McClain, who lives in the residence with her husband, Bobby, and their 4-year-old son, told The Daily Times that her son informed her of the fire.
“All I know is I went to the bathroom, and when I came out my son told me there was fire in the bedroom,” McClain said. “I got him out of the house and that was the end of it.”
Five trucks and 17 firefighters had the fire under control by 1:29 p.m. The American Red Cross will be providing temporary shelter for the family until they can return to the home.
“All their clothing and everything was ruined,” Leatherwood said. “Everything in the other rooms was smoke (filled) and blackened.”
Firefighters vented the residence and removed all the smoke from the home before clearing the scene at 2:31 p.m.
McClain told firefighters how the fire started, Leatherwood said, but the fire department was not immediately releasing that information. The fire may be investigated by the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, though that would not be decided until today, said Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Marian O’Briant.