Red Cross sets up shelter for 12 after West Knoxville apartment fire

By: Lorena Estrada
By: Lorena Estrada

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Dozens of people had to have their power shut off Saturday night after a fire broke out at a West Knoxville apartment complex.

Knoxville Firefighters responded to Crossroads West Apartments at 106 Brentway Circle Cricle around 10 p.m.

According to KFD, the fire broke out at one of the units. As a result, 48 apartments had their power shut off.

At the unit where the fire broke out, the resident told firefighters he had been cooking earlier but that he turned the stove off.

Five units were directly affected by smoke from the fire.

Maintenance workers are currently working to restore utilities to the building.

The American Red Cross opened their shelter on Middlebrook Pike Saturday evening to house the displaced residents from the apartments.

Approximately twelve people spent Saturday night in the shelter after maintenance crews determined it unsafe to restore power to building 106. Only one unit was affected directly by the fire (unit 102) and a few others by smoke damage. The rest lost power when the main was shut off.

No injuries are reported, and Fire Investigators will determine the cause of the fire.

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