TOP PHOTO: An east La Follette home suffered smoke and heat damage.

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – No one was injured though a Sunday morning house fire did leave behind a lot of smoke and heat damage to a home in east La Follette.

“When our first engine arrived, smoke was showing, and as the second engine approached, smoke was still showing,” said La Follette Fire Chief Jimmy Pack. Crews answered the call right at daybreak with temperatures in the upper 30s. The chief goes on to say that firefighters with the “B” Shift had the fire knocked down in under seven minutes.

The call came in at 7:41am, and once the fire was knocked down, firefighters went into overhaul mode. “Off duty firefighters were called in about 10-minutes into the event, and Caryville’s Fire Department also responded,” added Pack. For the better part of the next three hours, firefighters were hitting hot spots and ventilating the home. “Caryville brought up its air unit to fill our air tanks,” said the chief.

The first La Follette Fire Department Unit arrived minutes after the fire was paged out at 7:41am.

Responding agencies were the La Follette Fire and Police Departments along with the Caryville Fire Department. “Everyone did a great job and displayed extreme professionalism. I am so proud of our department,” said Pack.

“We’re still looking into the cause of the fire. The family was at home and, luckily, there were no injuries,” said Chief Pack.

The home is estimated to be about 70-years old. Units cleared the scene at 10:40am. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/17/2021-NOON-PHOTOS COURTESY OF LFD ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF EDDIE HATMAKER)