Smyrna Apartment Fire Displaces 47

Posted at 3:38 PM, Oct 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-27 09:18:10-04

Firefighters with the Smyrna Fire Department are looking into what started an apartment fire leaving 47 people without a home.

The fire broke out Thursday afternoon at Chalet Apartments on Joyner Drive.

Smyrna fire officials said crews had to wake up two people who were sleeping when the fire broke out.

"We got newborn babies in these units down here. I got them over on my side, across the hall from me, we got everybody else all right," resident Harold Pruitt said.

Initial reports from Town Manager Harry Gill said the fire possibly impacted about 15 to 16 families. However, city officials determined a total of 47 people were displaced late Thursday evening.

Pruitt said several of the people living at the apartment were a tight-knit community.

All of them were said to spend a couple of weeks at the Highland Heights Church of Christ. The American Red Cross Shelter also assisted the families. 

Police officials said two people were treated for smoke inhalation and another for possible anxiety, but no one seriously injured.

It's unclear the cause of the fire. Officials said two buildings (16 units) would be have to be condemned. 

On Friday, representatives of Smyrna Ready Mix confirmed they will be taking donations to help the victims of the fire.

Drop-off areas have been set up at their locations, and they said they're accepting clothing, toys, books, and any other items needed for the victims that people can donate.

Items can be dropped off from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday. To see their locations, visit them online.