A Knoxville Fire Department firefighter was hospitalized after suffering smoke inhalation while battling a warehouse fire in West Knox County Saturday evening.
According to KFD spokesperson Captain D.J. Corcoran, units were dispatched to 1737 Louisville Dr. at 8:27 p.m. Saturday amid reports of smoke showing from the Aquarium Life Support Systems building from a Knoxville Police Department officer.
While searching the building for smoke, units discovered a single set of stairs that led to the basement, from which the fire was emanating. One firefighter tripped and fell while attempting to enter the basement, knocking his mask off and allowing him to be overtaken by smoke.
The firefighter was rushed to the hospital, but was expected to recover.
Additional manpower was called for by a second alarm around 9:40 p.m. The cause of the fire was not known Sunday.