KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Residents of an apartment building are being relocated after a fire overnight Tuesday sent one person to the hospital and forced elevator operators to use a pulley system to continue to keep the building’s elevator operational while residents were being helped out of the building.
One person was hospitalized after the “small” eighth-floor fire at Summit Towers Apartments that officials said was extinguished by the apartment building’s sprinkler system.
The Knoxville Fire Department‘s main concern was all the water that was released by the sprinkler system. Four to five floors of Summit Towers were affected by the water.
Summit Towers is located along Locust Street in the Old City and is described on its website as “an apartment community for those 62 and better, handicapped, or disabled.”
KFD says one occupant was sent to the hospital and KFD is working with the Red Cross to find temporary housing for the nearly 300 people who were displaced. Sharon Hudson, executive director of Red Cross Knoxville said the organization has opened up a shelter at the Jacob Building in Chilhowee Park, 3301 E. Magnolia Ave., for displaced residents.
The condition of the person who was sent to the hospital was unknown. The cause of the small fire is not yet determined and the investigation is ongoing.