At or around 1 a.m. Tuesday, Longview Fire Department responded to Towne Oak Apartments located at 2501 Eastman Rd. Building 200 for an apartment fire involving both floors and the attic. On arrival, crews found heavy fire coming from the down stairs and upstairs of apartments 200 A and 200 B. Due to the amount of fire, a second alarm was called for. This resulted in all equipment in the city except for one engine and one medic unit to be committed. Elderville, W. Harrison and White Oak each sent an engine to back fill three of the fire stations that were at the fire.
Three of the occupants living in the building sustained minor injuries. Two were transported to local hospitals and the third did not want to be transported. One firefighter was transported to Longview Regional ER for exhaustion and dehydration.
All occupant were able to self evacuate and at least 4 dogs and a cat escaped the fire. The apartment manager was working on finding available units to relocate the 7 families affected by the fire. Fire damaged two of the apartments heavily including the roof structure. The adjacent apartments sustained minor smoke and limited water damage as a result of a very aggressive fire attack for the fire crews on scene.
The cause of the fire is unintentional as a result of improper handling of smoking material.
From Tyler Fire Department
A fire at an apartment complex in Longview led to 3 civilian injuries and one firefighter transported from the scene for inhalation.
Luckily, there were no fatalities.
No word yet on the status of those injured.
KETK will bring you more information as it comes in.