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Families Displaced After East Nashville Apartment Fire

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Fire officials are determining the cause of an apartment complex fire in east Nashville.

"I looked up and saw this black cloud of smoke coming out of this apartment here," neighbor Dalphine Gilcrease said while pointing to a home two doors down.

Officials with the Nashville Fire Department said the fire broke out just before 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning in the 600 block of North 5th Street.

"My next door neighbor, she was knocking on my door saying to get out, get out, get out, it's a fire," Tashana Spence, a mother of four said. "When we finally got out we ran out, bare feet and all."

When crews arrived on the scene, they said flames were shooting from the two story apartment unit.

Investigators said there was heavy fire and water damage on the first and second floor of the main unit that was being renovated at the time of the fire.

"He came out of the window backwards and hit the ground," Gilcrease said about the man living in the home. "I said are you alright, he said I don't know I need my keys. He said I don't know what's wrong. I said the house is on fire."

Officials with the American Red Cross are assisting 13 people were displaced which includes providing temporary shelter.

"I can't stay here until further notice. I have nowhere to go. It's like starting over again," Spence said. "It's like being homeless all over again basically."

No one was hurt as a result of the fire and investigators have yet to say how it started.

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