Parthenon Towers Residents Wait In Shelter After Evacuation
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Over 100 residents of the Parthenon Towers, a metro public housing complex, have been calling a Red Cross shelter home after complications from a kitchen fire two weeks ago caused an explosion Monday night.
The Red Cross Shelter, set up at Lipscomb University, is a long way from home for most of the residents of the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency's Parthenon Towers. Many of the residents who live at the towers are disabled and they need medical attention as much as they need a place to stay.
The first incident, a kitchen fire, triggered the sprinklers and caused multiple power outages. Just as officials were fixing that problem, another round of electrical problems started. Seven floors in the building were left with no power after an explosion shook the building.
After the explosion Monday evening, residents were evacuated. Later, around 3 a.m. the residents were transported to the Red Cross shelter.
"I was asleep and they knocked on my door told me throw something in overnight bag and leave," said a Parthenon Towers resident.
Many of the residents have disabilities and are elderly, making their stay in the shelter even more difficult. For now they hope it's just a temporary inconvenience.
"They done the best they could to help us. Sure they could say go find somewhere else to stay. They didn't do that," said another resident.
Officials with MDHA are hopeful that residents will be able to move back in by Thursday, although they caution it could be a slow process.