Morristown fire marshal investigates fire after late 911 call

Morristown fire marshal investigates fire after late 911 call

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Nearly 30 people are still displaced after a fire destroyed a Morristown apartment complex. The fire forced one family to jump to safety from the third floor. Nearly 30 people are still displaced after a fire destroyed a Morristown apartment complex. The fire forced one family to jump to safety from the third floor.
"From the time the fire started to the time the fire department got the call there is an obvious delay," said fire marshal Eual Noah. "From the time the fire started to the time the fire department got the call there is an obvious delay," said fire marshal Eual Noah.
The American Red Cross has stepped in to help families who lost everything. Six families spent the night at a temporary shelter. The American Red Cross has stepped in to help families who lost everything. Six families spent the night at a temporary shelter.
"We'll be involved with the families for the 30 days to assist them with other items," said Red Cross specialist William Cheetham. "We'll be involved with the families for the 30 days to assist them with other items," said Red Cross specialist William Cheetham.
Rosa Thomas, a resident, says she had to make a quick decision to escape the fire by jumping from a third floor window. "My aunt was like ‘Jump!' and I said I couldn't because I have my kid but she said ‘jump or we're just going to stay here and die'" Rosa Thomas, a resident, says she had to make a quick decision to escape the fire by jumping from a third floor window. "My aunt was like ‘Jump!' and I said I couldn't because I have my kid but she said ‘jump or we're just going to stay here and die'"

MORRISTOWN (WATE) – Nearly 30 people are still displaced after a fire destroyed a Morristown apartment complex. The fire forced one family to jump to safety from the third floor.

The fire started Thursday at Fairway West Apartments. Firefighters say the fire burned four units before they arrived on the scene.

No one died but some people were treated for minor injuries and smoke inhalation.

Investigators do not know what caused the fire or where it started.

But according to the Morristown fire marshal, the call to 911 was late.

"From the time the fire started to the time the fire department got the call there is an obvious delay," said fire marshal Eual Noah. "We generally respond in three to four minutes and we don't see this kind of damage when we do. So, it's an obvious delay and we're looking into that and it's puzzling."

Rosa Thomas, a resident, says she had to make a quick decision to escape the fire by jumping from a third floor window. "My aunt was like ‘Jump!' and I said I couldn't because I have my kid but she said ‘jump or we're just going to stay here and die' and then I jumped but I hurt myself."

The American Red Cross has stepped in to help families who lost everything. Six families spent the night at a temporary shelter.

Now, volunteers are working to find a new place for victims to call home. "We'll be involved with the families for the 30 days to assist them with other items," said Red Cross specialist William Cheetham.

Crews are boarding up the units to make sure no one breaks in.

You can help the victims by donating from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at God's Warehouse at 3441 West Andrew Johnson Highway in Morristown.

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