Over 20 people were displaced from their homes following two fires on back to back days in Knoxville last week.

In one of those fires residents in an apartment building were forced to leave their homes for 24 hours as smoke needed to be ventilated from the building. Chuck Reeves with the American Red Cross tells KNIA/KRLS News every person affected by the fire had a place to go when tragedy struck, thanks to a collaboration among Marion County Emergency Management, Marion County Public Health and the Red Cross. Reeves says he’s thankful Kim Dorn and her staff at Marion County Public Health along with Marion County Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Anderson for working together to help out the people in need. He says he was pleased to see everyone pitching in and doing their part. To hear the complete interview with Reeves tune in to today’s special edition Public Safety In Depth with Dr. Bob Leonard.