One person was transported to the hospital and at least 10 others evacuated from Appalachian Towers during an apartment fire on Saturday.
The Appalachia Fire Department responded to the apartment complex when a fire alarm sounded around 12:24 on Saturday afternoon. Fire Chief Robert Anderson Jr. told WCYB that the fire started in an apartment on the fifth floor due to an occupant smoking while on oxygen. The sprinkler system activated and extinguished the fire, but the apartments from the fifth floor to the second floor suffered water and smoke damage. Evacuated residents were moved to Appalachia High School gymnasium to be assisted by the Red Cross. One person was sent to the hospital for superficial burns.
Anderson said a contractor was on scene working to clean up the damages.