Cause and victim identities released after deadly Williamsburg Village apartment fire

Published: Mar. 13, 2016 at 10:32 PM EDT
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One person is dead, and two women are injured from a fire in North Knoxville.

Investigators identified the man who died as Charles Bishop. The other two who went to the hospital are Dorris Bishop and Anedia Bishop.

According to the Knoxville Fire Department investigators, the cause of the fire was the "careless discard and/or use of cigarettes." It started in a front room, where Charles Bishop's body was found.

The fire started at 10:22 p.m. Sunday. When firefighters arrived at Williamsburg Village Apartments on Inskip Drive, they found that people were trapped inside.

The flames were contained to one room. Firefighters forced their way inside. They were able to get one woman out safely. Another woman was freed from a back bedroom. They were taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Fire investigators say this isn't the first fire caused by cigarettes at the home. On March 8, 2016, firefighters were called to the apartment due to a similar call. At the time, the son of Charles Bishop told firefighters he was concerned about his mother's smoking habits.

A welfare check was scheduled for this week. A public education officer was going to do a welfare fire education intervention to make the people inside the home aware of the dangers of discarding cigarettes.