SALTVILLE, Va. -- The distinct smell of smoke lingered Friday morning, when residents of at least three apartments in Saltville found themselves without a home due to an early morning fire.
Saltville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jimmy Davidson said crews received a call at 4:30 a.m. about the blaze at the North Fork Manor apartment complex off Government Plant Road.
"When we arrived on scene, one unit was completely engulfed in flames," Davidson said. "Three units were damaged and the cause is still under investigation."
No injuries were reported.
The complex is one of many owned and managed by Knoxville-based American Apartment Management. Requests for comment were not returned Friday.
Cody Whitt lived beside the apartment that was fully engulfed. He said he woke to the sound of loud banging and went outside to see flames shooting out of his neighbor’s windows.
"I really didn’t have time to be scared," Whitt said. "I got my wife and baby up out of bed and I remember coming outside without any shirt or shoes on because I heard all this commotion."
Whitt’s apartment had significant water damage and he said investigators told him that if anyone went inside he or she would run the risk of the floor collapsing.
"I’m just really mad because we can’t live there," Whitt said. "We have to find another place to live."
American Red Cross of the Mountain Empire volunteers are assisting family members whose homes were damaged by the fire. The non-profit organization is providing financial assistance for food, clothing, lodging and other items.