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Fire leaves families homeless in Mountain City

By Meaghan Smith, msmith@wcyb.com
Published On: Nov 26 2013 05:04:45 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 25 2013 11:00:00 PM CST

A fire destroyed part of a Mountain City apartment complex that mostly houses elderly and disabled residents.

JOHNSON COUNTY, Tenn. -

A fire destroyed part of a Mountain City apartment complex that mostly houses elderly and disabled residents.

The flames left eight families without a place to live.

"Fire was coming out of the top of the building, which was right under me," says Dorothy Osborne, a resident of the complex.

The property manager of the Heritage Acres apartments says everyone was unharmed, even though one man did have to be airlifted to a nearby hospital. 

We're told it could take about a month to repair all the damage, which means these families will still be homeless through the holidays. 

At the complex, the residents decided to celebrate Thanksgiving early with a dinner in honor of their neighbors. "We had thought about not having it when the fire happened, but you know, we've got eight people who we are so thankful they are alive," says Donna Davis, the property manager.

Those who were displaced are either staying with family or are being assisted by the Red Cross.