Knoxville authorities are responding to a large fire in North Knoxville Wednesday afternoon.
The Knoxville Fire Department is responding to a fire at Fort Loudon Waste & Recycling at 2742 Hancock Street.
The Knoxville Fire Department is imploring people in the area to either shelter in place with your HVAC unit turned off or to move to an unaffected area. KFD spokesperson D.J. Corcoran said at the scene they’ve yet to find any injuries.
Corcoran says crews currently believe the fire started when someone was moving heavy equipment, which backfired and threw a spark.
The fire was originally an acre when crews arrived and has grown to about an acre and a half since then.
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If you are in an area that is being affected by the black smoke from the fire at Hancock Street move to an area unaffected, use common sense if you’re unable to move shelter in place turning off your HVAC unit pic.twitter.com/yuD2VZ7Ku0 — Knoxville Fire (@KnoxvilleFire) May 1, 2019
Knoxville Utilities Board says it has cut power to about 700 people in that area as a precaution.
Smoke from the fire is showing up on radar:
This is a developing story and we’ll continue to update the details as they become available.
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