Nine families displaced by Church Hill apartment fire

Jeff Bobo • Updated Mar 17, 2019 at 8:19 PM


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CHURCH HILL — The occupants of nine apartments were displaced as a result of a Sunday afternoon fire at The Landings apartment complex on Silver Lake Road in Church Hill.

Around 3:10 p.m., the Church Hill Fire Department responded to the fire, which destroyed 10 apartments, although one was vacant.

Church Hill Police Department Chief Chad Mosley told the Times News that everyone got out of the complex safely and there were no serious injuries.

One woman was treated by Hawkins County EMS at the scene for burns to her hands, but she wasn’t transported to the hospital by EMS, Mosley noted.  

The cause of the fire hadn’t been determined as of Sunday evening, nor had the number of people who were affected.

Mosley noted that several apartments were occupied by families and all units in that building were at least two bedrooms.

The American Red Cross responded to the complex to assist families with temporary lodging.

Mosley said as soon as they had extinguished the hot spots they would start the investigation to determine where the fire started.

“One of our officers was on the scene within a minute of the initial call from 911, and he immediately started knocking on doors and getting everybody out,” Mosley said. “We’ve had a few fires here in the past, and these wood frame apartment complexes can go quickly.”

The entire structure was 20 apartments, but Mosley said there was a fire wall that prevented flames from spreading to the second group of 10 apartments in that structure.

Firefighters from Carters Valley and Mount Carmel assisted at the scene. No firefighters were injured fighting this fire, although Mosley noted that several were exhausted.