NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Seven firefighters and three residents were taken to the hospital following a large apartment fire in South Nashville.
NFD says just after 2:30 p.m., crews responded to the 300 block of Paragon Mills Road for reports of an apartment fire. When they were approaching the scene, they saw smoke from Nolensville Road.
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Once crews arrived on scene, they found heavy smoke coming from a breezeway of one of the buildings.
The fire department says initial calls came in from people saying they were inside the buildings. Crews tried to go into the building, but had come out as the building was collapsing. Crews found no one inside, but will do a secondary search.
Seven firefighters had to be transported for heat related injuries, and three residents also had to be transported.
Right now no one is unaccounted for, but crews are doublechecking to make sure. NFD says K-9s will be on scene Thursday morning to make sure no one was killed, although NFD believes everyone has been accounted for.
Rachel Guenther’s sister is one of the many folks who lost everything. She is a single mom raising three children.
“She’s really upset. She’s scared and doesn’t know where she’s going to go. She’s just scared what’s going to happen in the future,” Guenther said. “It’s really depressing, its really sad. when I first pulled up it had me crying.”
The Red Cross and Metro Schools are working with the fire department to provide temporary shelter for those displaced by the fire.
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