The ORFD said there was heavy fire damage to the apartment where the fire started and the surrounding apartments sustained both water and smoke damage.
"I kicked in the bedroom door and a gust of smoke came out. It was a real heavy dark smoke," resident Jimmy Harper said.
Harper said he believes the fire started in his apartment.
"Only thing I got out of there is a video game and a TV. Everything else, it burned down," Harper said.
The ORFD said they believe the fire was set intentionally, but the investigation is on-going.
Bunch said the public has shown a great deal of support in helping the displaced families.
"We've had so many people calling though, citizens to see what they can do to help so I think everyone will still have a good Christmas," Bunch said.
Anyone interested in making donations to help the families can contact the American Red Cross at 865-584-2999. Bunch said you must ask for disaster services when calling to ensure the donations are not put into the general fund.
NASHVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee State House of Representatives passed a bill Monday evening, approving Lake City's name change to "Rocky Top."The bill approving the name change passed on a vote of 89More >>
The Tennessee State House of Representatives passed a bill Monday evening, approving Lake City's name change to "Rocky Top."More >>