Fire Chief Darryl Kerley reports the Oak Ridge Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 337 W. Outer Drive at approximately 2:58am this morning. The occupant of the quad-plex apartment building was sleeping at the time of the fire and stated he was awaken by the fire and attempted to extinguish it before exiting the apartment.
He then woke up the other occupants in units 331 and 333 who then called 911. ORPD arrived on the scene three minutes after receiving the emergency call and reported fire coming from the rear of the structure and windows.
Three Engines, a rescue truck and a battalion chief was dispatched to the scene and quickly extinguished the fire that had extended throughout the apartment. All four units were damaged by smoke and water and three families totaling 13 people will be assisted by the American Red Cross for food, clothing, and lodging.
The occupants of unit 331 and 333 may be allowed to return to their apartment on Monday, following inspection by the electrical department. Two dogs and 5 cats are being cared for at the animal shelter while their owners are in Red Cross care. The fire is believed to be accidental and started in the bedroom. There were no injuries reported.
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