Lightning sparks two house fires in north Knoxville | News
Lightning is being blamed for two house fires in north Knoxville early Tuesday afternoon.
The Knoxville Fire Department responded to the first at 614 Mitchell Drive. Two men were inside the house around 11 am when they heard a loud crack that seemed to knock the power off. They soon smelled smoke, and called 911. Firefighters found smoke and a small fire in the attic above a laundry room, which was quickly extinguished.
The second fire happened about half an hour later at 1715 Chicago Avenue. A neighbor spotted that fire and called 911. The woman living there wasn't home at the time. She returned to find the fire trucks at the house. She said the electricity had been disconnected since the last day of March.
No one was hurt in either fire.