North Knoxville apartment building residents forced to evacuate

North Knoxville apartment building residents forced to evacuate due to fire codes violations

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Knoxville Fire Department spokesperson D.J. Corcoran says they received an anonymous call Tuesday afternoon that led to an investigation at Crest View Apartments, 4848 Scheel Road. Knoxville Fire Department spokesperson D.J. Corcoran says they received an anonymous call Tuesday afternoon that led to an investigation at Crest View Apartments, 4848 Scheel Road.
"It's unfortunate because they don't deserve that situation or that treatment," said resident Michael Calton. "It's unfortunate because they don't deserve that situation or that treatment," said resident Michael Calton.
"I was really in shock, didn't know what to do. Just take your kids, pack up and move on, find somebody that's actually legit," resident Kelley Rollins said. "I was really in shock, didn't know what to do. Just take your kids, pack up and move on, find somebody that's actually legit," resident Kelley Rollins said.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Residents of an apartment building in the Inskip neighborhood of North Knoxville were forced to evacuate Tuesday evening after their building was condemned by the city.

Knoxville Fire Department spokesperson D.J. Corcoran says they received an anonymous call Tuesday afternoon that led to an investigation at Crest View Apartments, 4848 Scheel Road.

Officials say it was too dangerous for anyone to stay there another night, leaving residents with just a few hours to pack up and leave their homes.

"I was really in shock, didn't know what to do. Just take your kids, pack up and move on, find somebody that's actually legit," resident Kelley Rollins said.

"Everyone right now is pretty upset about the situation. There's a lot of people that will be displaced with kids. We have some elderly folks here as well that rely on oxygen. For them, for their environments to be disrupted, is very sad. It's unfortunate because they don't deserve that situation or that treatment," said resident Michael Calton.

Calton moved in last October. Since then, he says he's been trying to get the landlord to repair critical safety violations. When nothing was done, he called several agencies to report the problems.
 
"When I called this morning I did know this was something that could cause some adverse reactions for the residents here, in no way was that intentional. But in the same respect if there were to be a fire with young children present, we truly don't know what the dangers or consequences could be," Calton said.
 
D.J. Corcoran, with the Knoxville Fire Department, says they inspected the building Tuesday afternoon.
 
"There were some violations that were life safety violations that the fire department said it's totally unacceptable. You can't live a second longer in this condition because it's fearing for your life," Corcoran said.

Corcoran can't say what the specific problems are, but residents tell 6 News there are water pipes busted in several apartments, and no fire extinguishers or smoke detectors in the building.

In all, nineteen adults and five children were forced to leave the 20 unit building.

The American Red Cross is assisting the families by opening a shelter at Central Baptist Church in Fountain City.

"I'm very upset. I don't have a place to live right now. Everybody has paid $400 to $500 a month to live here this month and the landlord refuses to even give that money back that way we can find a place to live," Rollins said.

The owner of the apartments has agreed to cooperate with authorities to bring the violations up to city code.

Residents will not be allowed to occupy any of the units until then.

City of Knoxville spokesperson Jesse Mayshark says the building had already been cited for codes violations and a hearing had been scheduled later this month.

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