More than 50 residents affected after flooding at West Knoxville

More than 50 residents affected after flooding at West Knoxville apartment complex

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The cleanup continues after a West Knoxville apartment fire sends one woman to the hospital and leaves dozens of other apartments flooded. The cleanup continues after a West Knoxville apartment fire sends one woman to the hospital and leaves dozens of other apartments flooded.
"The sprinklers went off. That's good. But we've got all this water damage,” said Haynes, who lives on the 11th floor.  "It was just pouring. Absolutely just pouring and flooding." "The sprinklers went off. That's good. But we've got all this water damage,” said Haynes, who lives on the 11th floor. "It was just pouring. Absolutely just pouring and flooding."
Water removal crews were working at the complex all day Sunday. Water removal crews were working at the complex all day Sunday.
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 By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The cleanup continues after a West Knoxville apartment fire sends one woman to the hospital and leaves dozens of other apartments flooded.

It happened Saturday night at the West View Apartments off Gleason Drive.

The Knoxville Fire Department says the woman had fallen asleep while cooking.

She was unconscious in her 13th floor apartment when fire crews arrived.

She had to be taken to an area hospital for smoke inhalation.

No one else was injured but the damage left behind by the water from the sprinkler system, triggered by the smoke in the woman’s top floor apartment, is extensive.

Water removal crews were working at the complex all day Sunday.

The complex manager tells 6 News the water from the top floor apartment made its way through the entire building, all the way down to the second floor, leaving more than 50 residents affected.

Jan Haynes is one of those people.

"The sprinklers went off. That's good. But we've got all this water damage,” said Haynes, who lives on the 11th floor.  "It was just pouring. Absolutely just pouring and flooding."

Like many of the other residents who had to be evacuated Saturday night, she just now got back into her apartment to find it still wet.

"I came back here and I saw the water seeping all over so I opened my door and there was a couple inches of water on the floor. It was pouring in over the stove. Just pouring,” said Haynes.

Right now, water removal crews are telling her it could be three days before they can get all the water out.

"I'm just uprooted. That's how I feel. Just uprooted,” said Haynes.

In the units on the upper floors with the most water damage, the manager says those residents are staying with friends and family.

The American Red Cross has also offered its services to the residents should they need somewhere to stay while the cleanup continues.

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