Fire engulfs West Knoxville home on Christmas Eve

Scene of apartment fire in Spartanburg

Three residents were home when the fire started.

It happened Sunday night at a two-story home in the 900 block of Rindie Street.

No injuries were associated with the fire but one person did get transported to the hospital for medical reasons. Fire crews immediately upgraded the fire to two alarms when they arrived on the scene because they ran into a major problem.

Authorities said the electrical fire began above the stove, but firefighters contained it in the attic.

Further, the blaze left the home "uninhabitable", gutting the second floor and causing extensive damage to the first floor.

"We ran into three frozen hydrants due to the weather", said Chicago Fire District Chief of Special Operations Tim Walsh. Neighbors who quickly set up a GoFundMe page to help the couple said they "are expecting a baby very soon and just lost everything".

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Red Cross is assisting the 54 residents affected by the fire with necessities and lodging.

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