NFD crews battle house fire in South Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Crews with the Nashville Fire Department responded to a call for a house on fire in the 5000 block of Cherrywood Drive on Saturday night. When crews arrived on scene, they found a home fully engulfed with flames and heavy smoke.

Madeline Donovan lives next door and says she and her family were just sitting down to eat dinner when they heard a few loud bangs.

“My husband went to check and look out the window and see what was going on. That’s when I saw my neighbor running across my yard telling me to call 911. As I walked out dialing 911 the back of the house was fully engulfed. I mean the flames were so high,” Donovan said.

Another family on Cherrywood Drive also sprang into action when they saw the home on fire. Melissa Mejicano says her father and husband helped an elderly woman get out of the home safely.

“I just saw fire and I told my husband and my dad that the house where the elderly woman lives it’s burning,” Mejicano said. “They ran and carried her out. I’m glad that they got her out. There was smoke already inside the house.”

Nashville Fire Battalion Chief, Dwayne Hall, says the elderly woman and her son were the only two people inside the home at the time of the fire. Neither of them were hurt.

A Nashville Fire Department spokesperson says the Red Cross is assisting the two displaced residents.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Battalion Chief Hall told News 2 at the scene he wasn’t sure yet what caused the loud bangs and explosions that neighbors reported hearing before seeing the flames.

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