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Summit Towers residents to return to building Saturday

The living community sent a letter to the residents with a schedule separated by floors.
Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 9:29 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 15, 2022 at 11:51 AM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Summit Towers residents will be able to return home Saturday, according to Knoxville Fire Department officials and a letter obtained by WVLT News. Almost 300 residents were moved out of the building after emergency sprinklers damaged the elevators following a small fire.

“The property management team will help facilitate an orderly return to the apartment building on Saturday, January 15, 2022,” the letter said. Manufacturers were able to repair one of the damaged elevators, Knoxville Fire Department officials said.

Some residents, who are currently staying at the Jacob Building in Chilhowie Park, are set to board KAT busses on a staggered schedule. The living community sent a letter to the residents with a schedule separated by floors.

  • 8:45 a.m. - Floors 12 and 11
  • 10:15 a.m. - Floors 9 and 10
  • 11:45 a.m. - Floors 7 and 8
  • 1:15 p.m. - Floors 5 and 6
  • 2:45 p.m. - Floors 4 and 3
  • 4:15 p.m. - Floors 1 and 2

The letter went on to thank the American Red Cross, the Knoxville Fire Department, Knoxville Area Transit, the University of Tennessee and the community for helping care for the residents, many of who are seniors.

Summit Towers Letter
Summit Towers Letter(WVLT)

Summit Towers has also made arrangements for pets to be returned to residents with the Young Williams Humane Society, the letter said.

Summit Tower Owners/Pets Reunited

REUNITED: Summit Towers residents are able to return home today. Young-Williams also returned their pets after being relocated Tuesday after emergency sprinklers damaged the elevators following a small fire. More details: https://bit.ly/3A450dq

Posted by WVLT on Saturday, January 15, 2022

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