Crews on scene of a fatal house fire on Modesto Lane. 7/27/12
Two people were killed in a late night house fire Sunday are undergoing autopsies Monday to determine their identities and cause of death.
Shortly after 10:00 p.m. Sunday night, dispatchers received a call for a house fire on 10820 Woody Road in west Knox County.
When firefighters arrived on scene, smoke and flames were already coming from the front of the home.
A witness told officers that he called 911 after seeing the house on fire. He ran and knocked on the door, yelled several times for someone to come out, but no one inside responded.
After battling the blaze for a few minutes, firefighters were finally able to enter the home.
That's when they found the the body of the first victim, just inside the front door.
During their search, they found the body of a second victim. The two victims were pronounced dead at the scene.
The home is believed to be a total loss. Firefighters said that heat
from the flames was so intense it melted the siding on the next-door
One woman, 36-year-old Ashley Carter, was arrested for disorderly conduct when she refused to leave the scene of the fire. The incident report stated that a large group formed around the emergency equipment and were told to move to another location.
Officers said that Carter told one of the officers to "relax." After an officer explained the seriousness of the situation, they said she still refused to move and cursed the officers.
Firefighters on the scene say it could be several days before a cause is determined. Their investigation along with the Fire Marshall's is ongoing.