A 61-year-old man died after a fire was reported at the Manhattan Apartments on Saturday morning, authorities said.
An alarm sounded in one of the apartments at about 7:50 a.m. Saturday, according to information from the Oak Ridge Fire Department that was provided by City of Oak Ridge spokesperson Sarah Self.
Oak Ridge Police Department officers found heavy smoke inside the apartment when they arrived Saturday morning, and the Oak Ridge Fire Department was dispatched.
Nearby residents were evacuated while firefighters made entry to the apartment and extinguished the fire. A man was found inside, the city said.
“Crews removed the victim and immediately began life-saving measures,” the ORFD said. “The victim was then transported by Anderson County EMS to Methodist Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.”
The man has been identified as Michael McAlister, age 61, of Oak Ridge. He was the only occupant of the apartment.
No other injuries were reported.
The damage was contained to the victim’s apartment, and evacuated residents were allowed to return to their apartments at approximately 10 a.m. Saturday, the city said.
“The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but is believed to be accidental,” authorities said. “The investigation remains ongoing. No further information will be released at this time.”
The apartments are between North Purdue Avenue and South Rutgers Avenue in the Woodland neighborhood in central Oak Ridge.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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