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Authorities provide tentative ID of Roane fire victim

Authorities in Roane County believe that they have pinpointed where a fire started that killed one person over the weekend in Harriman. The fire broke out early Sunday morning at the Oasis Apartments and Business Complex and authorities now believe that it may have started in the rear of the service station on the property among some mechanical equipment, although the exact cause of the fire is being investigated by local and state authorities. The fire is believed to have been accidental.

Monday, authorities also said that while the results of an autopsy are still pending, they believe it was the body of Sandra Mills that was found in the ruins of one of the apartments.

Firefighters from Harriman were on scene within about six minutes of the 911 call and crews from Kingston and Rockwood responded as well to fight the flames. The complex included apartments, the gas station, a laundromat, a barber shop, a convenience store and a hardware store.

Several families were left homeless as every building in the complex was destroyed.

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