A fire that erupted Tuesday night at the Eastpoint Apartments on Jennifer Drive - off Old Liberty Hill Road – left two people homeless, according to Clark Taylor, deputy chief of the Morristown Fire Department.

The fire apparently started shortly after 10 p.m. in the living room of an apartment occupied by Glenda Helton. Helton escaped without injury, but the blaze gutted her apartment and caused extensive smoke damage to an adjoining apartment, according to Taylor, who says the cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

The damage to the rent-subsidized apartment building is estimated at $50,000. The fire destroyed approximately $8,000 of furniture, appliances, clothing and personal effects. The Hamblen County Chapter of the American Red Cross offered temporary housing to Helton and her unidentified neighbor, but both elected to stay with family members, according to Taylor.

Firefighters arrived at the apartment complex at 10:11 p.m., three minutes after the fire was reported, and were on the scene for about 90 minutes, according to Taylor, who said there were no injuries. Taylor says he’s confident both apartments can be restored.