Two-alarm fire damages west Nashville condo - WSMV Channel 4

Two-alarm fire damages west Nashville condo

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A large fire ripped through a west Nashville apartment complex Wednesday night, displacing several families.

The fire started in a unit at the Lion's Head condos on Post Place around 10:30 p.m. and quickly spread to nearly a dozen others.

When firefighters arrived, there was heavy smoke and flames already shooting through the roof.

"There were flames shooting out everywhere, and the whole roof was just involved with flames," said resident Mark Willis.

At one point, a roof collapsed and firefighters had to pull back their efforts fighting the blaze.

One woman was rescued, but no one was seriously hurt.

Six units were destroyed by the blaze and six others were damaged, displacing about 20 people.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Katie Hagewood and her husband, James, returned to their condo early Thursday hoping to salvage some more of their things - important papers, clothes and some medication.

But as the fire broke out, the only things on the newlyweds' minds were saving those things that are irreplaceable.

"My purse and our wedding albums, my wedding ring," Katie Hagewood said.

"You read about fires. You see them on the news, but you never think about a house fire coming to you, and it did. It came out of nowhere," James Hagewood said.

The couple was just getting ready for bed Wednesday when they heard what sounded like a fire alarm then smelled smoke.

A property manager said they were able to put some displaced tenants up in their guest apartment on the property, and others were staying with family and friends.

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