Reported By Joseph Pleasant, Reporter - bio | email
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Firefighters responded to a large fire Wednesday morning at a homeless camp just south of downtown Nashville.
The blaze broke out around 7:30 a.m. in a heavily wooded area of Fort Negley Park off Bass Street, near the Adventure Science Center.
The homeless camp is one of Nashville’s largest with several areas that have been cleared for campsites. People have removed trees and brush to make room for their makeshift homes and have painted signs naming the campsites.
The campsite that caught fire was approximately 20 feet wide and included a kitchen and bathroom complete with an outdoor shower. Nothing appears to be salvageable.
The person staying at the camp was not home at the time and no one was injured.
Fire officials say a heater too close to a mattress may have sparked the blaze.
A HAZMAT crew did respond to the scene following several small explosions after the fire began but found nothing of concern.
News 2 has since learned those staying at the campsite have 72 hours to get their belongings and move to another location.
Metro-Nashville does not allow for camping in Fort Negley Park, which is considered a historic site.Camping is only allowed in designated parks and in designated areas.
MNPD told News 2 officer periodically evict people camping in the parks when they discover they them staying there. Many of the encampments are in wooded areas not easily visible from the road.