The Knoxville Fire Department responding to The Park Apartments on Adair Drive just before 3 a.m. this (Thursday) morning.
One unit in the building was on fire, but firefighters were able to quickly put it out and prevent damage to eight other units connected to it.
The three pets were inside the apartment that caught fire and died due to being trapped in the smoke-filled environment. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Photo courtesy of WVLT