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KFD: homeless man admits to starting massive warehouse fire

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A 62-year-old homeless man admits to starting a fire at a former Kerns Bakery distribution center Thursday night, according to the Knoxville Fire Department.

A passerby spotted the flames near Chapman Highway building after 9:30 p.m. The flames were so intense, firefighters had to use aerial trucks to combat it.

About an hour later, KFD arson investigators and police arrested the suspect. They said they have seen this man in the past.

The blaze was under control after 11:00 p.m.

No injuries were reported, but Capt. D.J. Corcoran tells 10News the building is a total loss.

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A passerby saw the fire and called 911 at about 9:40 p.m.

The 5,000 to 6,000 square foot warehouse is directly next to Kern's Bakery, just south of the river on Chapman Highway. The warehouse is a former distribution center for Kern's.

Flames could be seen shooting out high above the building.

There have been no reports of injuries.

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