ANTIOCH, Tenn. - Up to 100 people no longer have a home after a massive fire destroyed an Antioch apartment building.
The fire broke out Sunday morning at the Timberlake Village Apartments. Fire crews had to call for backup as the fire quickly spread from unit to unit.
One woman, Helen Bennett, happened to be driving by on her way to church when she saw the smoke.
"We pulled in, and smoke was coming out of the lower apartment here. I jumped out, and I started knocking on doors," Bennett said. "By the time I knocked on doors, people were coming out of their apartments, screaming and looking at it."
Bennett was able to alert several people to the fire, including some who did not hear smoke alarms and were sleeping.
She also pulled one little girl from her apartment and got her to safety.
"At first she didn't trust me and I told her she was safe with me and to just come on, so I could get her out of the debris that was falling around her," Bennett said. "She said, 'But it’s hot,' and I said, 'But I’m going to put you in a safe spot.'"
That little girl's father was able to get his wife out safely, too, but their belongings were a total loss.
"It’s in ruins," Charles Reed said. "I just bought all my daughter’s school supplies yesterday, her uniforms and our groceries. We're just going to have to take it from here."
The American Red Cross was on scene helping those impacted by the fire.