Firefighter injured battling east Nashville fire - WKRN News 2

Firefighter injured battling east Nashville fire

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A firefighter was transported to the hospital after battling a massive blaze in east Nashville Tuesday night.

The fire was reported around 5:30 p.m. at a commercial building in the 700 block of Joseph Avenue in east Nashville.

First responders reported flames reaching 50 feet in the air. Witnesses reported seeing smoke from Interstate 24.

One of the fire fighters first on scene received some burns to the back of his neck and wrist. He was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries.

Two ladder trucks were on the scene along with several other fire trucks to help put the fire out.

Officials told News 2 they believe the building is abandoned and do not think anyone was inside at the time of the fire.

The fire Chief called the blaze a "defensive fire." Since two of the walls collapsed, they were not able to enter the building to attack and control the fire.

The Nashville Electric Service responded to the scene to cut power to the building. One of the walls that collapsed housed the power connection to the building. Power poles could be seen swaying due to the tension in the power lines caused by the collapse.

It took firefighters over 30 minutes to contain the blaze. Crews expect to be on the scene past 8 p.m. to make sure the fire is completely out.

It wasn't immediately known what sparked the fire and it is under investigation.

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