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Local man's heroic efforts captured on video during Edgehill apartment fire

Tracy Williams act of bravery
Posted at 10:47 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 06:43:28-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — When Tracy Williams saw flames engulf an Edgehill apartment complex, he didn't think twice.

"I really was just thinking about somebody else not being able to see their family if something was to happen," he said.

The local business owner and one of his employees immediately pulled their car over and one by one began banging on doors.

"You know the roof was like making a little small explosion noise and it was popping."

As Williams evacuated residents of the apartment complex he documented his act of bravery on Facebook Live. "I knew that it would probably inspire people to say hey you know... they see something say something. Don't be afraid, don't be afraid to help," he said.

One person suffered minor burns, but at least ten people have been displaced.

"I think that's what's wrong with a lot of things right now- people are afraid to help and looking for a reward but, like I said, my reward was that everybody got out safe and that's it," said Williams.

His wife set up a supply drive for victims of the fire at Millers Florist, 211 E Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville.