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Two firefighters injured in Blount County house fire

File photo: Two firefighters were injured while responding to a house fire in Blount County....
File photo: Two firefighters were injured while responding to a house fire in Blount County. (Canva)(WVLT)
Published: May. 29, 2019 at 12:04 PM EDT
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Two firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling a blaze at a home in the 6 Mile area of Blount County Wednesday.

According to Blount County Fire Department, crews responded to a house fire on Mutton Hollow Rd. at around 5 a.m.

When crews opened a basement door to the home, an explosion knocked the door and the firefighters to the ground, said officials.

One was able to immediately return to work and the other was taken to a hospital where they were treated and released.

Fire Cheif Doug McClanahan said he believes the explosion could have been caused by a backdraft. The opening of the basement door could have allowed oxygen to be quickly pulled into the blaze, leading to the explosion.

Chief McClanahan said the blast was strong enough to knock a sunroom in the home off its foundation.

One a woman was home when the fire started, said fire officials. She was awoken by a fire alarm. She and her pets were able to get out of the house safely.