Knoxville (WVLT) -- The Knoxville Area Chapter of the Red Cross arrived on the scene of the Fox Lake Condo fire late last night and almost immediately set up shop at the Cedar Bluff Holiday Inn.
Volunteers spent most of Sunday helping more than 20 families who were displaced by the fire.
According to the Red Cross officials say it could be awhile before some get back on their feet.
"Until you've been there you don't realize what it's like to lose everything just like that," said Chris Davis, a spokes for the Knoxville Area chapter of the Red Cross. "Now we have to make sure that these folks have a little sense of comfort in terms of food, clothing, a tooth brush, and all the other different types of things we take for granted. It's really a little bit more of a secure feeling and hopefully that's first step. This is going to be a long process, but that first step on the road to recover."
Fox Lake's management is providing the families rooms at the hotel.
The fire was the largest apartment fire that the Knoxville Area Red Cross has responded to since a 24-unit apartment fire off Lonas Road three years ago.