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8 Units Destroyed In 2-Alarm Apartment Fire In Hermitage

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Eight units were destroyed in an early morning fire at a Hermitage apartment complex.

Heavy flames were shooting from the three-story building when firefighters got on the scene around 2:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Arbours of Hermitage on Old Hickory Boulevard. They knocked on all doorways to make sure everyone got out safely.

No injuries were reported.

Multiple fire engines and equipment responded to the 2-alarm fire, which spread between buildings 50 and 51. The buildings are separated by a breezeway, which collapsed during the fire. Firefighters used an aerial attack with water to try to douse the flames.

The Red Cross said they provided assistance for 21 people comprising 11 families.

The apartment manager said some families will stay in vacant units, while the Red Cross will place others in local hotels.

"Everyone was ripped from their sleep. It was terrifying, you never know what the knock is and you see the lights and everything, you're accosted by smoke," said Logan Phillips.

"I have already had a house fire in my past, and I've had an apartment fire and it is frightening, very frightening," added resident Carla McDurmon. "I have school tomorrow and it does put me in a bind. But I'm glad I'm safe, and I hope everyone else is safe, but it's just kind of scary."

The Fire Marshal responded to the scene investigate, but officials said it could be next week before they determine the exact cause of the fire. They said it likely started in an upstairs unit in building 50, and then spread throughout the attic. The fire chief said the firewalls may not be up to par.

Residents told NewsChannel 5 they did not hear any alarms, so it was unclear if the smoke alarm system was working.

The fire rekindled around 6 a.m., but firefighters still on the scene were able to knock it back down quickly.

This is the third fire at the apartment complex in six years. In November 2009, police said Robert Sibert started a fire that destroyed 10 units and injured a firefighter.

In January 2007, more than a dozen residents were displaced after 10 units were destroyed by a fire that injured another firefighter and killed two pets.

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