Blount Co. church collects donations for Maryville fire victims

Blount Co. church collects donations for Maryville fire victims

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Monday's fire in the 1800 block of Elkmont Circle in Maryville left nine people displaced, destroying nearly all of their belongings. Monday's fire in the 1800 block of Elkmont Circle in Maryville left nine people displaced, destroying nearly all of their belongings.
Firefighters say the flames began in a bottom floor unit and quickly spread to the top, scorching multiple apartments. Firefighters say the flames began in a bottom floor unit and quickly spread to the top, scorching multiple apartments.
"When I saw it on the news, I couldn't believe that was happening," said Lona Everett, off Lanier Open Bible Baptist Church. "Now, it's all gone." "When I saw it on the news, I couldn't believe that was happening," said Lona Everett, off Lanier Open Bible Baptist Church. "Now, it's all gone."

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - A Blount County church is pulling together to help the victims of an apartment fire.

Monday's fire in the 1800 block of Elkmont Circle in Maryville left nine people displaced, destroying nearly all of their belongings.

The fire tore through the apartment building in the wee hours of the morning.

Firefighters say the flames began in a bottom floor unit and quickly spread to the top, scorching multiple apartments.

All nine residents made it out alive, but one resident, Shonia Garland of Maryville, lost her two cats in the blaze.

Now, the church Garland attends is asking East Tennesseans to lend a helping hand.

Lanier Open Bible Baptist Church in Maryville is now collecting monetary donations not only for Garland, but for all of the fire victims, who now have nowhere to live.

"When I saw it on the news, I couldn't believe that was happening," said Lona Everett, off Lanier Open Bible Baptist Church. "Now, it's all gone."

Everett says they want to help these residents who are now having to start from scratch.

"You don't really think something like this could happen and it can," said Everett.

By gathering donations together from the community, the church hopes to help these victims get through the tragedy and back on their feet.

"I hope that they know that other people out there really care about them. If it was me, I'd hope someone would do this for me," said Everett.

There is no set time limit on how soon donations must be turned in.

The church will continue to collect donations as long as people keep giving.

To donate, you can make checks payable to:

Lanier Open Bible Baptist Church
Attn: Fire Victims
5039 U.S. Highway 411
Maryville, TN 37801

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