NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — First responders spent hours on Saturday battling a two-alarm blaze at an apartment complex in Hermitage, which sent one person to the hospital.
The Nashville Fire Department told News 2 that units were dispatched to the 3500 block of Andrew Jackson Parkway after callers reported an apartment building was on fire. However, dispatch said the call came from Avalon of Hermitage Apartments, which is in the 3500 block of Andrew Jackson Way.
When crews arrived at Building 400 of Avalon Apartments, which contains 20 units, they reportedly found heavy smoke and flames that were spreading quickly.
At 4:50 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, officials told News 2 that personnel were still working to extinguish the fire, as well as assess the units to start primary searches.
Then, at 6:10 p.m., Nashville Fire tweeted that first responders were still fighting the fire, as well as working with property management to confirm all of the occupants were accounted for. Red Cross also responded to the scene.
Officials confirmed one person was transported to the hospital with injuries, but there is no word on their condition at this time.
In addition, the department said EMS crews were examining patients who might have jumped from a balcony.
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Shortly after 8:45 p.m., Nashville Fire announced that units were wrapping up salvage and overhaul operations after the roof of Building 400 completely collapsed.
“Oh it was falling apart,” recalled Chris Platt, who lives in Hermitage. “You could see stuff falling from the fire, and everything just started really quick because it’s all wood. It’s not like, you know, adobe or, you know what I mean, like rock.”
Officials said all known residents have been accounted for, and no other injuries were reported.
The department said Hermitage community members should expect to see smoke and haze in the area through the night.
No additional details have been released about this fire, including the extent of the damage or the number of people displaced because of it.
A GoFundMe has been started for one of the families who lost everything in the fire. You can CLICK HERE for more information.
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