NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — An arson investigation is underway after several Nashville firefighters were injured at a house fire in a Whites Creek neighborhood Monday morning.

Crews were called to fire at a duplex in the 500 block of Brick Church Lane around 7 a.m.

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The Nashville Fire Department reported four firefighters were injured when they fell into a hole in the floor. Two of them were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with significant injuries and the two others were treated at the scene.

Fire officials suspect the fire was set intentionally after containers of gasoline were found around the home after the fire.

Neighbor Tom Saud said he was coming home from work when he noticed the fire just after 7 a.m. Monday morning.

“Big flames, big flames, I mean it was already coming out the front window and stuff like that,” Saud said. “Right now my thoughts and prayers are going out to those two firefighters who got seriously hurt and I’m praying for them to have a speedy recovery because they were just coming to do a job, they don’t need to be coming to be hurt.”

No one was inside the portion of the duplex when it caught on fire as it is currently unoccupied.

Neighbors told investigators they saw people moving out Sunday night on the side of the duplex where the fire occured.

As the two injured firefighters continue to recover, officials said this incident could have been much worse.

“The result was that there was some damage to property that could have led to a loss of life for our heroes that are going in trying to save a property and save a life,” said Kendra Loney with the Nashville Fire Department.

The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.

If you have any information about this case or others, you’re asked to contact the Tennessee Arson Hotline at 1 (800) 762-3017. All callers to the Tennessee Arson Hotline are considered anonymous and may be able to earn a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest or conviction.

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This is a developing story. WKRN News 2 will continue to update this article as new information becomes available.