Nashville apartment building heavily damaged in fire

Posted at 7:09 PM, Jul 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 14:29:11-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nashville firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire at Hickory Creek Apartments in Nashville.

Building A at the complex on Vultee Blvd in South Nashville caught fire Monday evening. Fire investigators said it was caused by a discarded cigarette.

They believe all residents made it out of the building, but as tenants left their homes to escape the fire, they left their doors open, further fueling the fire’s spread.

Officials said much of the building was destroyed, but thanks to a firewall a portion may have received only fire and water damage. About 30 apartments were impacted, displacing multiple residents.

The Red Cross was responded to the scene to help residents. The Fraternal Order of Police provided 35 $100 Caring Police Respond (CPR) gift cards for displaced residents as well. Metro Nashville Police officers are working with the leasing office to ensure affected residents receive the assistance provided.

One fire department personnel was sent to the hospital after being hit by a Lyft driver. Heavy smoke lessened visibility on the road near the complex.

While fire officials say they issued a message telling people to avoid the area, the person was driving too quickly and hit the personnel.

In March of last year, a fire damaged a building at the same complex, displacing 35 residents.