A mother and her teenage son escaped from a Monday evening basement fire on Hugh Lane in Oak Ridge, and two cats were rescued.
The fire was reported at about 5:40 p.m. Monday, April 15.
When the Oak Ridge Fire Department arrived, firefighters saw heavy smoke coming from the basement area of a three-unit condominium, the City of Oak Ridge said in a press release.
“There were two occupants, a mother and her teenage son, inside at the time of the fire,” the press release said. “Both were able to escape safely before crews arrived. The flames in the basement were quickly extinguished by the first crew on the scene, and no injuries were reported.”
Firefighters were able to locate two cats inside the building and administer oxygen to the pets at the scene, the press release said. Both cats were then turned back over to their owners.
The fire caused serious damage to the building and its contents, including slight smoke damage to the adjacent condominium, the press release said. The cause appears to be accidental, likely due to smoking in the storage area of the basement, the release said.
The American Red Cross was contacted to assist the affected occupants.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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