Firefighter 'alert' after getting injured during ceiling collapse

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Knoxville Fire Department firefighter was injured after responding to a fire in South Knoxville.

According to a KFD spokesperson, responders went to a reported fire on Wynn Ave. at about 4:50 p.m. Upon arrival, crews saw smoke comign from the attic vents and eaves of the residence.

The tenant had already self-evacuated, KFD said. When crews entered the home, they found the fire had extended from the crawlspace into an interior wall and climbed into the attic.

One firefighter was transported to the hospital after a ceiling collapsed and landed on his helmet. He was sent for neck injuries As of about 10 p.m. on Monday, KFD said the firefighter was "alert and conscious."

KFD says the fire appears to have started from a heat and air unit combination connecting to the outside of the home.

A KFD chaplain was on scene evaluating the victim's needs.