NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A massive fire gutted a section of an Antioch apartment complex early Wednesday morning.
The blaze broke out just after 12 a.m. Midnight at the Chimney Top Apartments on Cane Ridge Road off of Bell Road and quickly through one building.
Commanders said 12 apartments suffered heavy fire, smoke and water damage.
No one was hurt, but crews did have to rescue a woman from a burning balcony.
"[They] started checking the windows and sure enough they saw a female in the window holding a kitten," Nashville Fire Department District Chief Ricky Taylor said.
He told News 2 the woman went back inside the apartment to get the cat, and couldn't get back out.
"He immediately put the ladder up and firefighters went up the ladder, got her, brought her and the kitten down, and they're both safe," Taylor said.
Another victim of the fire was in shock of what happened.
"I've never lost anything to a fire or in a natural disaster like this, natural anything," said resident Jessica Mann. "I mean, it happened so fast, just watch everything you have is gone, like that, gone."
A witness and friend to a resident at the apartment complex said no alarms went off until her friend pulled the fire alarm.
"There were no alarms going off first? Why wasn't the neighbor's alarm going off? Why [weren't] any smoke detectors going off?" asked Bonnie Young. "Nothing was going off until he pulled it. Mind you, the flame is already 10 feet high. There should be something going off if something is up to here and it's so hot you can only turn around and grab your things real quick and run."
The fire marshal will investigate the charred apartments to try and determine a cause.