BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (WKRN) — One person has died after a fire at a home on the 5600 block of Valley View Road on Sunday afternoon.
According to Nashville Fire Department, the call came in just after 1:15 p.m. of a reported structure fire with a patient inside near the back door. Medics arrived on scene first and attempted to get to the patient, but the fire and the heat of the fire prevented them from doing so.
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Firefighters were able to quickly retrieve the man inside the home, who was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in critical condition, but has since died from his injuries.
According to the Nashville Fire Department, neighbors reported someone fleeing from the scene, who was quickly taken into custody.
“Witnesses did tell us that there was a person near the scene at the time of the fire who fled the scene when we started to arrive so our arson investigators actually had that person detained for questioning regarding the incident and that person has now become a person of interest in this fire,” NFD Public Information Officer Kendra Loney said.
A neighbor who was running during the time of the incident recalled the flames he saw coming from the home.
“I went out running this afternoon and just saw a bunch of craziness. A bunch of emergency vehicles on the scene. Got a whiff of the smoke and aroma of fire,” neighbor Gage Sherlock said. “It was just like pretty overwhelming. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Nashville Fire Department says the home is a duplex, and firefighters were able to contain the fire to one side with minimal damage to the other side of the duplex. The resident on the other side of the duplex was not home at the time of the fire.
American Red Cross was called to the scene and firefighters continue to investigate. Investigators say the fire was intentionally set and a person of interest is in custody.
This is a developing story. Stay tuned to News 2 and WKRN.com for updates.