A day after a massive fire ripped through an Antioch apartment complex, displaced residents are starting the recovery process.
A total of 46 people were forced from their homes after the fire broke out around 9 a.m. Sunday at the Timberlake Village Apartments on Blue Lake Circle.
The unit that burned down has since been secured for safety and residents who lived there came back Monday to reflect on their gratitude for surviving but also to mourn what’s been lost.
Alexandria Alspach is among those who were impacted by the fire.
“It hurts,” she said. “It literally was everything I have ever owned. It is gone – all my childhood – it is gone.”
Alspach and her roommate were able to escape their burning apartment without harm.
“I took one look around the room. I looked at my living room, I looked at my kitchen and I thought, ‘Is there anything in here worth saving?’”
Time though wouldn’t allow her to save anything and she left with just her phone and pet bird.
“You have your life and that’s all you need,” she told News 2.
Alspach, a special needs teacher at Granbery Elementary in Nashville, said all of her lesson plans were destroyed in the fire. Metro students return to class on Tuesday.
“I had been working on making the things I needed,” she said.
The property group – the Michelson Organization – said the building was up to code, but because it was built in the 1980s, it didn’t have and wasn’t required to have a sprinkler system.
The Nashville Fire Department hasn’t said what caused the fire.
Even with the unanswered questions, Alspach said she can’t help but think about one woman – Helen Bennett – who was running late to church. Bennett stopped to warn other residents of the fire.
“We were saved because one woman thought we were worth saving. I’m so thankful for her,” Alspach said.
The Michelson Organization is accepting donations for those who lost their homes. Anyone can drop off toiletries and other supplies to the Timberlake leasing office.
The property group said the displaced residents were placed in hotels on Sunday night and by Monday night everyone was supposed to be in apartments of sister properties or property groups that have stepped up to help.
A GoFundMe account has also been set up. Click here to donate.
Cane Ridge Dentist in Antioch is also accepting donations for the fire victims beginning on Tuesday. The dental office located at 1315 Bell Road will accept money and toiletries only.