Residents evacuated: Three animals perish in Riverside South apartment fire in Louisville
By Wes Wade | (email@example.com)
Three animals died in an apartment fire in Louisville Tuesday evening, and about 12 to 15 residents were evacuated for the night after the blaze was controlled.
Blount County firefighters responded to the fire, which occurred at Riverside South apartments, 161 Manor Way, between 7:35 p.m. and 7:40 p.m. Blount County Fire Chief Doug McClanahan said firefighters received a call of heavy smoke coming from the upstairs of apartment A in building 161.
While no residents were injured, two cats and a dog inside the apartment perished in the blaze, firefighters said.
Eleven trucks and 16 firefighters responded, many of whom were attending a graduation ceremony for Blount County, Maryville and Alcoa firefighters at Blount County Fire Station 2 on East Broadway Avenue in Maryville.
The fire was controlled within about 20 minutes after firefighters arrived, McClanahan said. The cause of the fire, which was contained to apartment A, was not immediately known.
“They got it stopped really quickly,” McClanahan said. “All the (neighboring) apartments were opened up and everybody’s OK.”
There was smoke damage found in the neighboring apartment and firefighters evacuated four apartments, including apartment A, as a precautionary measure. There were about 12 to 15 displaced residents, McClanahan said.
“We’ll keep them all out until the coast is clear,” he said.
Nancy Coleman, co-owner of the complex, said those who had nowhere else to stay would be provided with shelter for the night.
McClanahan said the fire, which appeared to be confined to the lower level of the apartment, may have started in a heat and air conditioning unit on the lower level. There was also smoke damage in the upper level of the apartment.
The Blount County Sheriff’s Office will be investigating the fire. Rural/Metro Ambulance Service was also at the scene.