Pets Killed, Home Destroyed In East Nashville Fire

Posted at 6:11 AM, Jun 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-16 14:30:21-04

A home in East Nashville was destroyed and multiple pets were killed after a fire started twice.

Crews responded to the scene early Friday morning in the 1600 block of Forrest Avenue at North 17th Street.

The fire later started a second time. Fire investigators said they believe an electrical failure was to blame for the fires. Nashville Electric Service cut power to the house after the fire started.

According to neighbors, the homeowner, a musician, was not at home at the time. He contacted a neighbor saying his alarms were going off, and the neighbor discovered the fire.

Reports stated the homeowner had eight cats, and all of them passed away.

Neighbors added the musician had instruments and a recording studio in the basement that went up in flames.

“Insurance doesn't even come close to the artifacts and the pieces of musical instruments that he collected over the years and has been made for him,” said Judy Rose, a neighbor.

Officials said a cable box on the house across the street also caught on fire, but no damage was done to that home.

"There was a lot that went up in smoke tonight but he will prevail. He's surrounded by a lot of people that love him, and you know, the music in this city is strong," Rose said.

Damage to a car was reported, as well. No further details were released.