Victim identified following fatal Corryton house fire

Rural Metro Fire says this is Knox County’s first deadly fire in years.
Deadly fire in Corryton
Deadly fire in Corryton(Rural Metro Fire)
Published: Sep. 21, 2020 at 2:17 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 22, 2020 at 5:17 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Knox County Fire officials have identified a victim after a fire Sunday night in the Corryton area.

The victim has been identified as 40-year-old Jeremy Riggs.

Rural Metro Fire responded to the home on the 7000 block of Calgary Drive around 11:00 p.m.

When the initial crew arrived they found heavy fire coming from the front of the house and flames venting through the roof.

One person outside the house reportedly told firefighters there was one person still inside. Rural Metro crews said an immediate search for the person was initiated and they could not be found.

Following a more thorough search, officials said they found the victim overcome by heat and smoke.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office major crimes unit along with the KCSO fire arson investigators are investigating the incident.

Rural Metro Fire officials said this is the first fire death in many years in Knox County.

Homeowners are reminded to make their home fire safe as the cooler weather begins.

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