Firefighters injured, residents displaced by Knoxville blaze

Firefighters injured, residents displaced by fire at South Knoxville apartment complex

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The fire broke out just after 8:30 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 2700 block of Sevier Avenue. The fire broke out just after 8:30 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 2700 block of Sevier Avenue.
"I was looking at Survivor on TV, when one of my neighbors knocked on my front door and said 'Get out.' I was in my bedroom, and my kitchen started filling with smoke.  So he told me to get out," said resident Annette Dokes. "I was looking at Survivor on TV, when one of my neighbors knocked on my front door and said 'Get out.' I was in my bedroom, and my kitchen started filling with smoke. So he told me to get out," said resident Annette Dokes.
A total of thirteen units sustained damage. A total of thirteen units sustained damage.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Two firefighters were injured and 14 residents were displaced after a South Knoxville apartment complex went up in flames Wednesday night.

The Knoxville Fire Department says the fire broke out just after 8:30 p.m. at Southwood Apartments in the 2700 block of Sevier Avenue.

Heavy flames were seen coming from the three-story building. Authorities say they immediately conducted a search of the hallway and were able to ensure that no one was trapped inside.

One woman says she never heard her fire alarm go off. 

"I was looking at 'Survivor' on TV, when one of my neighbors knocked on my front door and said 'Get out.' I was in my bedroom, and my kitchen started filling with smoke. So he told me to get out," said resident Annette Dokes.

Although Dokes told 6 News she does not know the man that alerted her about the fire, she is certain of one thing.

"He saved my life. I know he did."

While battling the blaze, officials say two Knoxville firefighters were injured after a portion of the roof collapsed. Master Firefighter Scott Bowman received a mild concussion, and Captain Eddie Ault received several stitches to his head. Their injuries are said to be non-life-threatening.

Arson investigators say the fire was mostly in the attic, but there is heavy damage to the top floor.

Authorities say 14 people were displaced by the fire. They are being given shelter by the American Red Cross.

A total of 13 units sustained damage.

The fire was deemed under control shortly before 10 p.m.

Firefighters were still on scene Thursday morning putting out hot spots and working to determine the cause of the fire.

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