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Fire damages east Knox County business

12:44 PM, Nov 14, 2012   |    comments
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Firefighters have put out a fire that started at a business in east Knox County Wednesday morning.
A Rural/Metro spokesperson says the fire broke out around 9:00 am at Wilbert Burial Vaults off Asheville Highway.  Several crews were on the scene.

Workers say they smelled fire, and found flames coming from the office.   All the workers evacuated.
Firefighters contained the fire to the office and prevented it from spreading to the warehouse, where workers make the burial vaults.

Despite the small fire, Rural/Metro says there was lots of smoke.

"When the first units arrived on scene they found heavy smoke coming from the office. There were some flames present but more just heavily charged with smoke. If you can imagine lots of documents in the office, paper and those sorts of things and they produce a lot of smoke," says Battalion Chief Jerome Rood.

Rural/Metro says investigators are still looking into the cause.
They say only one person suffered a minor burn injury.

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