More than 20 people are without a home Tuesday after a safety inspection led to a total evacuation of one Knox County apartment complex.

Crestview Apartments off of Scheer Road was evacuated at 7:30 p.m.

Safety inspectors and city officials were called to look into the complex.

"We didn't have an actual lease. He didn't even tell me the name of these apartments," said Kelley Rollins.

Rollins works to keep her two kids fed and to keep a roof over their heads. But now, she is looking for a new home after a safety inspection pointed out "Life Safety Violations."

"There were violations found. Some were life safety violations. The fire department said that this was totally unacceptable. You can't live a second longer in this condition, because it's fearing for your life," said D.J. Corcoran with Knoxville Fire Department.

Rollins lived in Crestview for the past six months. She said she couldn't get her landlord to fix any problems.

The complex manager was set to meet with the city about to code violations later in March.

An anonymous call sped up the process and forced the complex to shut down until all the problems are fixed.

"This is the only time I have ever seen anything like this where they have actually shut them down like this for life safety violations," said Corcoran.

The residents packed their cars, ready to move on. Central Baptist Church in Fountain City gave them a place to stay overnight. A place where they can regroup and figure out the next step.

WBIR tried to reach out to the landlord, but failed to find a good number.

The American Red Cross assisted and put up the shelter. Case workers are on scene to help the renters of that apartment complex. Shelter managers expect 19 adults and five children to stay the night.

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