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KFD investigators say the cause of the Catholic Charities of East Tenn. fire was arson

KFD responded around 10:30 p.m. to the report of a fire Sunday night.
Published: Nov. 29, 2021 at 11:42 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 29, 2021 at 5:43 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Investigators with the Knoxville Fire Department determined the cause of the fire reported at Catholic Charities of East Tennessee was arson.

Arson is expected in the fire that damaged the Catholic Charities of East Tennessee offices. Will Puckett WVLT updates.

Posted by WVLT on Monday, November 29, 2021

Firefighters responded to119 Dameron Avenue in Knoxville Sunday night.

KFD responded to the call around 10:30 p.m. No injuries were reported and crews were on the scene for about two hours putting out the fire, officials said.

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee will temporarily relocate their Knoxville office operations to 3227 Division Street.

“Last night’s fire was unfortunate for our administrative team, but it will have no negative impact on what we’re doing in the field,” said Lisa Healy, executive director of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee. “We can manage this move to a building that already houses our Office of Immigrant Services on Division Street. We have a few programs, like our Knoxville Pregnancy Help Center, which will need to move with us, but just about all of our other clients are served at other locations, and none of our services or clients will be impacted by this.”

KFD Captain D.J. Corcoran said it appears the person(s) broke into the the building and started the fire.

Fire crews on scene told WVLT News that arson dogs with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation were being called in to assist with the case.

External damages seemed to be extensive, a spokesperson said.

The investigation into what started the fire remains active and ongoing.

Anyone with information about the fire is urged to call the state arson hotline at 1-800-762-3017.

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