Corcoran told the Knoxville News Sentinel that the woman attempted to cook brisket over an open flame in her bathtub and called the incident "a first in our books."
Fire crews reported that the woman lit a wood-burning grill inside her bathtub and placed meat on a wire rack across the rim before the heat melted through the tub's fiberglass exterior.
"The tub and the brisket were a total loss," Corcoran said
The apartment below suffered minor water damage as a result of the incident.
Corcoran noted that 50 percent of residential fires occur as a result of cooking related incidents.
"With that said, most all of those documented fires are in the kitchen," Corcoran said.