A fire broke out in Smyrna on Thursday (10/26/2017) afternoon. The fire occurred at Chalet Apartments on Joyner Drive.
Heart of Tennessee Red Cross Executive Director told WGNS, "47 individuals were displaced by the fire; 28 are being sheltered by Red Cross at Highland Heights Church of Christ."
She continued, "This was truly a collaboration and such a reflection of what is right in our community. Red Cross volunteers and staff responded early and now are working on recovery plans with families immediately, including long term housing options."
Red Cross volunteers Shirley Key and Tiffany Lawson were instrumental in gathering fire victims and begin walking them through the next steps.
The Red Cross rally point for those impacted by the apartment fire was the Smyrna Event Center.
Farrer explained, "We were able to arrange transportation from Chalet to the Event Center thanks to the generosity of a few Rutherford County School bus drivers. Mr. Gill made sure we had plenty of staff onsite at the Center and their service was remarkable. The same bus drivers transported families to our shelter at Highland Heights."
The Red Cross director noted, "Todd Griffin did a remarkable job leading this effort. His fearless volunteer partner, Anita Murrell, was equally remarkable."
Ferrell concluded, "This work was particularly personal for me as Chalet is a site of service for Saint Thomas Rutherford's Mobile Health Unit. Lasting relationships there were cultivated over the past several years and I personally knew many of the families impacted."
According to Police, who were on the scene to keep people away from the blaze, the fire appeared to have started in building one eventually damaging building two as well. Building one at Chalet Apartments had significant damage.
Everyone in the apartment was evacuated and only one person had to be treated on the scene for smoke inhalation.
Right now, it is not known what sparked the blaze.