Monday, April 27, 2009

Two-alarm condo fire displaces nearly a dozen families

WKRN NEWS Channel 2 News The Red Cross is assisting at least 10 families after several condos in a south Nashville complex caught fire late Sunday night. Firefighters responded to the two alarm fire at the Kingswood Condominiums on Selena Drive off Thompson Lane around 11 p.m. When they arrived on scene, about half of the building was engulfed in flames. Fire officials had difficulty reaching the building on fire because it was located on a one lane dead end road. "Half the building was fully involved and other parts, there's only one way in here and one way out. Then you've got residents coming in and residents trying to get out, so it's a traffic problem," District Chief Buddy Byers of the Nashville Fire Department told News 2. One of the victims said she woke up to find her patio furniture on fire and a witness told News 2 that in all the commotion, a neighbor used a ladder to rescue a mother and son trapped on a balcony. No one was injured but two cats perished in the blaze. Fire crews contained the fire to one half of the building. The other half of the building sustained water damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation. It is unclear exactly where the fire originated, though fire officials said it probably began in the front part of the building since it received the most damage.

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