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Baby girl burned in North Knoxville house fire

5:29 PM, Mar 19, 2013   |    comments
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A baby is recovering from burns after a North Knoxville house fire.

The fire started shortly before 2:00 pm Tuesday at a home on Hiwassee Avenue.

Fire officials say an eight-month-old baby girl received second degree burns on the back of the leg.

Firefighters had trouble communicating with the woman who lived at the home, because she speaks Spanish.

The woman later told firefighters through a translator that she turned a space heater on near the crib and left the room.

When she heard the smoke alarm, she got another child out of the house, went back in the baby's room, and found it on fire.

The woman grabbed the baby and ran to find someone to help.

Neighbors and witnesses came to the scene after they saw the smoke.

"At first, we was up the street. I seen the smoke, I thought it was just someone burning something then when I got closer that's when you could see all the smoke just gushing out of all the vents and the windows and stuff like that," said witness Regina Davis.

Fire officials say they are working to train more firefighters in the basics of Spanish, but it's a process that is taking time.

*We were originally told the baby is four months old, but a KFD release says she is eight months.

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A child was burned in a house fire Tuesday afternoon, according to a Knoxville Fire Department spokesperson. 

KFD Captain D.J. Corcoran says the baby was taken to UT Medical Center.  He says the child appeared to have burns to the leg.

The call came in shortly before 2 o'clock.

Smoke was pouring from the roof as firefighters arrived, but they were able to get the fire under control quickly.

The house is at 438 Hiawassee Avenue in North Knoxville.

Fire investigators don't have a cause for the fire yet.

Stay tuned to 10 News and wbir.com for more information as it becomes available.

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