No one was injured, but four units were damaged in an apartment fire on West Outer Drive early Friday morning.
The fire was reported at about 2:58 a.m. Friday, April 17. The occupant of the quad-plex apartment building at 337 West Outer Drive was sleeping at the time of the fire. He was awakened by the fire and attempted to extinguish it before exiting the apartment, Oak Ridge Fire Department Chief Darryl Kerley said.
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, Kerley said.
Three engines, a rescue truck, and a battalion chief were dispatched to the scene and quickly extinguished the fire, which had extended throughout the apartment, Kerley said.
All four units were damaged by smoke and water, and three families with a total of 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 Oak Ridge Electric Department.
Two dogs and five cats are being cared for at the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter while their owners are in Red Cross care.
The fire is believed to have been accidental and started in the bedroom. There were no injuries reported.