Fire officials calling north Nashville house fire 'suspicious'
April 18, 2013 07:00 AM
Reported By Jamey Tucker, Video Journalist - bio | email
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Crews are investigating a ‘suspicious' house fire that destroyed a north Nashville home Wednesday morning.
The fire was reported just after 5 a.m. on 14th Avenue North and Cass Street.
Firefighters were called to the scene to find the structure fully engulfed in flames.
At least one firefighter was treated at the scene for heat exhaustion.
The house had been empty the past few months, but was being renovated as a home for mentally disabled adults.
"You almost feel like everything that you are trying to work for, that you're trying to build or something is lost," said Moses Green who is rebuilding the home.
Green continued, "This is our third place and we were excited to be in this area, especially you want to build up north Nashville, and one way to support it is doing something that's going to bring everything back to the community."
Late Wednesday morning investigators continued to sift through ashes left by the fire.
Judging from where the investigator was looking, it appeared the fire started on the left side of the building about 20 feet from the entrance.
A Metro police officer told Nashville's News 2 the house used to belong to a man with ties to a gang, but said the fire is likely unrelated.
Nashville's News 2 spoke with neighbors who said they didn't know of anyone who was concerned about the house being used to house mentally unstable people.
A firefighter on the scene said the fire is being labeled suspicious because the house is vacant.