A bedroom air conditioner is suspected as the cause of a fire early Sunday that destroyed a house at 295 Rocky Hill Drive, said Harold Williamson, Moshiem Volunteer Fire Department chief.
"The direct area of the air conditioner is where the fire began," Williamson said without completely ruling out other causes.
House tenants Kenneth Brown Jr. and Elizabeth Carter were out of town when the fire occurred, Williamson said.
Brown told sheriff's deputies that the window air conditioner "was left on while he was gone."
The fire may have started in a back bedroom, a deputy's report said.
Damage to the 32-by-24 foot house is estimated at $47,500. Damage to contents totals $10,000.
"Upon arrival of the first units (firefighters) found the house fully involved with fire. The fire had already vented through the roof," Williamson said.
There was little left to salvage from the house.
"We extinguished the fire and started overhaul, but during overhaul all that was able to be saved were a few pictures and some paperwork and a propane heater and tank," Williamson said.
The Mosheim Volunteer Fire Department and the Midway Volunteer Fire Department, the American Red Cross, Greene County-Greeneville Emergency Medical Services, the Greene County Sheriff's Department and the Greeneville Light & Power System responded to the scene, Williamson said.