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38 residents displaced by Hermitage fire

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Dozens of people in Hermitage lost their homes to a two-alarm fire at a condominium development early Sunday morning.

The fire started at about 4:30 a.m. at the Jackson Meadows Condos.

According to District Fire Chief Ricky Taylor, the flames and smoke were so intense that first responders immediately requested additional units to help fight the fire.

At one point, a propane tank exploded as crews tried to douse the flames.

The Red Cross said 38 people were affected by the fire and 24 units were damaged.

"As we ran out, the back of the roof fell in," said resident Brandon Malone. "It's just a miracle that we made it, but we lost everything."

"I had double-knee surgery two months ago" said resident Francine Sharpe.  "I ran down those stairs."

 A female resident was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

The Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the victims.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but firefighters said it appears it was not set on purpose.

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