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More than a dozen displaced after fire

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- According to the Knoxville Fire Department, firefighters responded to an apartment fire in the Southmont Apartment complex this morning at about 8:30 at the 1415 E. Moody Ave. in South Knoxville.

Firefighters extinguished the fire shortly after, containing it to just one apartment in the complex.

Residents of apartment 8, Jerri Thomas and 1-year-old Eli, awoke to the sound of the fire alarm. They left the apartment safely and notified KFD by 911. When firefighters arrived, flames were shooting through the front window and door, blocking the only exterior stairway leading outside for the other second floor residents.

"The whole back wall of the kitchen was in flames. Just engulfed in flames. As we were running past the window. It was shooting glass. That's how hot it was apparently," said Thomas.

KFD successfully doused the flames, clearing a path for the other residents down the steps.

Firefighters gained access to the common attic above each of the units in the complex and pushed the flames back toward the origin of the fire.

By 8:46 a.m., the fire was under control. According to investigators, the fire appears to have started in the kitchen area of apartment 8.

No one was injured, and residents will receive assistance from the American Red Cross.


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