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Fire Destroys Apartments in Antioch

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ANTIOCH, Tenn. - More than a dozen people were forced out of their homes after a fire at an apartment complex in Antioch.

The fire department said they started getting multiple calls about a fire at the Weatherly Ridge Apartments on Kothe Way near Murfreesboro Pike and Anderson Road around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. When the first engine arrived they reported seeing heavy smoke coming from the back of the building of one building and the front of another. When they got a closer look, they could see flames going all the way up to the attic.

A witness said when he saw the smoke, he and his friend ran to those apartments to try to get people out. At one point they even kicked in a door and went in to look for a resident but they said the smoke was too heavy to keep going. Fire fighters were able to put out the fire quickly and no one was injured. Property managers will now have to assess the damage.

"We've got several apartments here that were affected, a couple of them heavy. Not sure exactly what got it started," said Ricky Taylor of the Nashville Fire Department.

Fourteen people have lost their homes and most of their belongings. Investigators will be going back to the scene to try to figure out the cause of the blaze. 

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