Apartment building destroyed by 2-alarm fire in Hermitage - WKRN News 2

Apartment building destroyed by 2-alarm fire in Hermitage

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A two-alarm apartment fire destroyed at least 8 units at an apartment complex in Hermitage early Wednesday morning.

The fire at The Arbours of Hermitage located on the corner of Old Hickory Boulevard and Bell Road broke out around 2:45 a.m.

Crews arrived to visible flames and heavy smoke shooting from the roof.  Firefighters immediately began an aggressive attack.

Flames quickly spread to multiple units via the attic, destroying an entire building.

Authorities were able to cut the fire off on each end, preventing it from spreading further and containing it to one building.

Residents were able to evacuate safely. No one was injured.

The community center within The Arbours opened to accommodate displaced residents in the cold weather.  The Red Cross was working to get the residents into hotels for the night.

Mia Carter, a resident of the apartment complex, was the first to call 911 after she heard a crash in the apartment above her, causing her to go outside.

"I go out there and I didn't have my patio light on, and I look up, and the whole top of my patio is on fire from the apartment above me," she told News 2. "Instantly, I run outside, call 911."

Carter explained the resident upstairs was home at the time of the fire. He was asleep at the time and isn't sure how it began, but believes it could have been the kitchen.

The exact cause and origin have yet to be determined.

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