9 displaced in Maryville apartment fire

9 displaced in Maryville apartment fire

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The blaze broke out around 2:30 a.m. on the 1800 block of Elkmont Circle. The blaze broke out around 2:30 a.m. on the 1800 block of Elkmont Circle.
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By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - An overnight apartment fire displaced nine residents and killed two family pets in Blount County on Monday.

The blaze broke out around 2:30 a.m. on the 1800 block of Elkmont Circle.

Firefighters on scene told 6 News the flames started in a bottom apartment and spread to the top of the building. The fire scorched multiple apartments, displacing nine people.

"They was telling me to get out and get out, and I was trying to get them and the smoke was just coming up from the floor and out my closet... I don't know where it came from," said resident Shonia Garland.

The Blount County Fire Chief says one woman had smoke inhalation issues but refused medical attention.

The fire killed two cats, but firefighters were able to save a ferret. A lot of the residents' personal belongings were lost in the flames.

"Mine was the middle apartment. It's gone. Everything is gone. I don't know what to do. My dad just passed away and I have no family," said Garland.

"I don't know what we're going to do or where we're going to go. I've never had anything like this happen, and I'm just devastated," said resident Doris Wheat.

The Red Cross is helping the displaced residents at this time.

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