ANTIOCH, Tenn. (WKRN) – An eight-month-old baby was killed and five other children hurt in a fire early Sunday morning at Hickory Lake Apartments in Antioch.
Nashville firefighters were called to the apartment complex on Apache Trail around 2 a.m.
Metro Dispatch alerted firefighters that several people were trapped inside the burning apartment unit and immediately ran into it when arrived, according to a spokesman with the Nashville Fire Department.
Passerbys also told police a 6-year-old boy came running from the building screaming that his siblings were inside.
The 8-month-old child was pronounced dead at the scene. The child is identified as Jream Jenkins.
Jream Jenkins’ brother, aged 23 months, is in critical condition. The other kids, all siblings, were aged 6,4,2, and 1. There are two boys and two girls. They are all from Linden, Tennesee.
Police said the mothers of the children, aged 23 and 25, went to a nightclub Saturday. They said they are working to determine if a babysitter was retained. A babysitter wasn’t present when first responders got on scene.
Police said the mothers returned to the apartment after firefighters and police officers were on scene.
Firefighters were able to rescue four children from the unit and another person trapped on a third-floor balcony.
Nashville Fire Department’s Arson Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.
Twelve units were damaged and the American Red Cross is helping several people find a place to stay.
The property management company released a statement to News 2, which reads:
A fire broke out early Sunday morning at Hickory Lake Apartments, located on Apache Trail in Antioch. We are deeply saddened by the loss of a child. We are thankful for the first responders and the American Red Cross who were on the scene quickly. We are letting the Nashville Fire Department and Nashville Police Department complete their investigation before we will have more information on the cause of the fire.Elmington Property Management