Sprinkler system puts out apartment fire, causes some damage

Sprinkler system puts out apartment fire, causes some water damage


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A fire, and the sprinkler system that subsequently put it out, caused some damage to a Knoxville apartment complex unit.

According to the Knoxville Fire Department, crews responded to reports of a fire at a Summit Tower apartment unit around 4:20 a.m. on Saturday.

Firefighters say they saw flames on the sixth floor from outside the building. Once they made it to the floor, crews say the hallway had become filled with smoke, but that the fire had been mostly extinguished by a sprinkler system.

Officials say no one was found inside the unit.

Firefighters say they began venting the smoke, stopping the water flow, and pushing the water that had made its way from the apartment floor to the complex's hallway.

A few apartments below the floor reported minimal water damage.

Officials say they were informed by the complex's manager that are searching for an empty apartment to temporarily lodge the displaced resident.

If none are available, the American Red Cross of Knoxville will assist with a place to stay.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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