NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Firefighters were called out to a large fire at a duplex in North Nashville late on New Year's Eve.
The fire was reported just before 11 p.m. Monday at a home on Fawnwood Place just off Brick Church Pike. Officials said a mother was asleep when the fire broke out inside her home. She quickly ran across the street to call for help.
Crews had a few frightening moments early on, because the mother believed her three children were still inside the house when the fire started.
After a search of the home and contact with friends, the children were found to have left for church just before the fire broke out.
"We were told that there were three children trapped, so we got after it pretty hard with an interior attack and search and rescue," said Daryl King with the Nashville Fire Department. "Luckily enough, we found out about eight to ten minutes after we got inside that the children were safe somewhere else. They were safe and they were okay."
The mother suffered from smoke inhaliation and minor burns to her neck and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. She was expected to recover from her injuries.
Officials said the home was destroyed. The neighboring unit was heavily damaged, but officials said they believed it was salvagable.
The cause of the fire was unknown. Fire investigators were expected later in the morning to look for clues.
The Red Cross was called in to assist the family, as the home was seriously damaged by the fire.