A second Oak Ridge apartment catches fire. Dozens of people are displaced.


(WBIR - Oak Ridge) An Oak Ridge apartment fire displaced 25 people Saturday night.

Crews responded to the McKenzie Acres apartment complex off Utica Circle just before 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Firefighters extinguished flames in an upstairs unit. Officials said the unit was heavily damaged and others had water and smoke damage.

People were inside all eight apartments when the fire started.

Jimmy Harper lived in the burned apartment. He said, "I couldn't believe it actually happened. When it took ablaze the only thing I could think was everybody was to get everybody out of there."

Neighbor Ashton Eirwood lives in the apartment unit directly across from the now-scorched building. Eirwood said she could hear the smoke alarms and then looked outside.

She said, "Smoke starting coming from his bedroom and it just caught fire. It was blazing."

Harper said, "I looked up and there was smoke coming from the back room, the master bedroom, and budging the windows."

The McKenzie Acres apartment fire is the second in three days for Oak Ridge. Thanksgiving Day, firefighters were called to an apartment on Hillside Road for a small fire that officials said sparked due to an electrical shortage. No one was hurt, but the fire also forced 25 people out their homes.

The two apartment fires have displaced a total of 50 people. The Red Cross is helping the families find a temporary place to live .

Fire investigators are still looking into the cause of the McKenzie Acres Apartments fire. The burned building will be without power for the next several days until repairs can be made.

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