NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Nashville Fire Department responded to a two-alarm fire on Monday evening at the Hickory Creek Apartments on the 1000 block of Vultee Blvd.
According to Kendra Loney with Nashville Fire Department, firefighters arrived to Building A in the complex fully engulfed in flames around 6:37 p.m. At the time of the fire, there was a storm moving overhead that caused high wind in the area and the flames to spread rapidly. Firefighters also noted that residents left their doors open when they left the building which also added fuel to the fire and made it more difficult to get a handle on the fire initially.
It is unclear at this time how many people were displaced in the 24 unit building, but fire officials note that at least two units were vacant and not occupied. Everyone was reportedly out of the building as firefighters arrived but firefighters did conduct a search of the half of the building less impacted and say the building was clear.
Firefighters are continuing to search for pets who may have gone missing in the fire. A firewall in the middle of the building helped to prevent further spread of the fire, and firefighters are keeping the wall wet to mitigate any further spread.
“They did an excellent job of saving this building as the flames were already rolling when they got here,” said Loney.
Nashville Electric Service and gas crews also responded to the scene and have shut off utilities to the affected building. In doing so, Building C was also disconnected. Loney said that if they are able to clear the scene of Building A, Nashville Electric can turn the power back on to Building C. However, power will remain shut off for Building A.
American Red Cross was brought to the scene to help relocate residents displaced in the fire. Also, the Fraternal Order of Police handed out 35 $100 gift cards as a means of assistance for displaced residents.
Loney said one EMS worker was transported to the hospital after being struck by a speeding Lyft driver through the area who did not heed the warnings to stay away. The Lyft driver was taken into custody by Metro Police but it is unclear if the driver was charged. Nashville Fire Department is reminding everyone to avoid the area when firefighters are working.
At least one resident was checked by paramedics on scene for heat and dehydration. There are no other reported injuries.
Firefighters are planning to stay at the scene through the evening to monitor and put out hotspots and as the investigation into the cause of the fire continues. Preliminary reports indicate at least half of the building will be a total loss.
This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 and WKRN.com for updates.