Historic Carriage House Burns Overnight

Posted at 2:14 PM, Feb 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-07 15:14:31-05

A building Metro Parks and Recreation officials called historic went up in flames overnight in Donelson.

The old carriage house at the Ravenwood Country Club burned to the ground.

Officials have not ruled out the possibility the fire was suspicious. They said they found it odd a vacant building with no power or gas running to it went up in flames.

The fire department received multiple calls of a fire in Donelson Saturday night, and when firefighters arrived, the carriage house was engulfed in flames.

Witnesses said the fire could be seen for miles.

Firefighters had to cut the gates to get to the flames, and officials said no water was in the area so crews only had access to their water tanks.

Metro Parks officials said the building had been vacant for several years, and in one night, a big part of Donelson's history was lost.

Ravenwood was a private Country Club until Metro Parks bought the property a few years ago.

Parks officials said the clubhouse was torn down a few years ago after they were having problems with people going inside the building and setting fires.

The state fire marshal has been called in to investigate.