NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A 2-alarm fire ripped through an apartment complex off Cain Ridge Road in the Antioch area. The flames damaged or destroyed at least 14 units at the Chimney Top Apartments, leaving 24 people homeless.
Fire crews quickly called for more help as flames shot into the sky around 12:30 a.m. Residents woke up to the sound of blaring fire alarms in the middle of the night and had to get out.
"I saw the orange glow and I thought, that's a fire," said one eyewitness. "It got really bad really quick, in 10 minutes the whole top of the building was on fire."
Firefighters said a woman became trapped in her smoke filled apartment while she searched for her cat. Rescuers had to pull her out of a second story window. Another woman had to be rushed to the hospital after the smoke caused her to have an asthma attack.
Red Cross crews plan to help the 24 victims find temporary places to stay. Residents were told by apartment management that they would be moved into empty units.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.