KFD puts out fire at vacant downtown hotel
The hotel stopped taking reservations in 2020.
Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 3:08 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2022 at 8:44 AM EDT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - At around 2:15 a.m. Thursday morning, the Knoxville Fire Department responded to a fire at the vacant Hotel Knoxville at 501 E. Hill Avenue downtown.
Crews were able to put the fire out in less than half an hour. They said it started from a couch in the ballroom area. No one was staying at the hotel at the time, but construction workers were present.
The hotel was most recently known as Hotel Knoxville, a Mariott property that stopped taking reservations in March of 2020. The pyramid-shaped building was sold shortly after and has sat empty since.
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