NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A construction worker died and numerous students and staff members were checked out following a Friday morning fire at a Nashville charter school.
The Nashville Fire Department (NFD) tweeted shortly before noon on Friday, June 9 that crews extinguished a fire at Liberty Collegiate Academy in the 3500 block of Gallatin Pike.
The fire reportedly started on the second floor, where a four-person crew was doing construction work.
According to NFD, three of the workers escaped the building, but one worker — who was found face down and unresponsive — was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, with CPR in progress, in critical condition. That worker was later pronounced dead at the hospital, deemed “a fire fatality” by officials.
The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) confirmed to News 2 that officials are on the way to Hart Lane for an inspection since a construction worker died.
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NFD said about 20 students were on the first floor at the time for the last day of a specialized summer camp program, so medics on scene checked all of the students, as well as numerous teachers.
One student, who suffered from smoke inhalation, and one teacher were brought to the hospital. Both of them are expected to make a full recovery from their “non-critical, non-life-threatening injuries,” the department told News 2.
Fire officials said the Arson Task Force has also been called to the scene to investigate the blaze. Part of Hart Lane is closed until further notice.
No additional details have been shared about this incident.
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