Ten people, including firefighters, were taken to a hospital for treatment after a two-alarm fire broke out Wednesday at Foxcroft Apartments in South Nashville.
Kendra Loney, spokesperson for the Nashville Fire Department, said two adults and a child were taken to the hospital, as well as seven firefighters. The majority of those people suffered from heat-related illnesses, though one firefighter suffered minor burns to his neck.
The fire first started around 2:30 p.m. and crews worked for hours to extinguish it through high heat. Temperatures reached 101 degrees in Nashville on Wednesday.
Loney said there were two calls to 911 from people trapped inside the apartments, though an initial search came up empty. Firefighters had to pull out of the search as the building began to collapse.
Crews will conduct a second search when it is safe to do so, Loney said. As of 6:30 p.m., no one was unaccounted for and no fatalities were reported.
Smoke from the fire on Paragon Mills Road could be seen from miles away Wednesday afternoon. The apartment building, which had 20 units in it, is a total loss.
The Red Cross set up a shelter at Crievewood Baptist Church for displaced residents, located at 480 Hogan Road. More information can be found at redcross.org/tennessee.
'We lost everything'
Carlos and Noemi Rosas were in apartment 5 in the building when the fire started. They said they could feel the heat and smell smoke as they fled the building. The couple lives with a family member. All three were able to get out.
“We lost everything,” Carlos Rosas said as they sat on the grass watching crews battle flames that were still visible at 4:15 p.m.
Octaviano Jimenez lives nearby and knows people who live in the building. He said he believes they got out.
Jimenez said he first noticed the smoke getting dense around 3 p.m. Multiple people were taken away on stretchers from the scene. Dozens of people were standing nearby as thick black smoke again billowed from Building B.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Loney said.
Additional fire crews were staged nearby Wednesday, ready to assist if it was deemed a three-alarm fire. Loney said the excessive heat was the main concern for their crews. Two air conditioned school busses were called into action, giving firefighters on scene a place to cool off during breaks.
"Trying to cool off in this 104 heat index is not working," Loney said. "We're thankful for this partnership."
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