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18-year-old killed in Dickson apartment complex fire

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An 18-year-old was killed in the fire on the 300 block of Spring Street. (WSMV) An 18-year-old was killed in the fire on the 300 block of Spring Street. (WSMV)
The flames broke out just before 3 a.m. Tuesday at Sam's Townhomes. (WSMV) The flames broke out just before 3 a.m. Tuesday at Sam's Townhomes. (WSMV)
DICKSON, TN (WSMV) -

A family is hurting after a teenager was killed in a fire at an apartment complex in Dickson.

The flames broke out just before 3 a.m. Tuesday at Sam's Townhomes near the intersection of Spring and Olive streets. The building houses 17 units.

Some of the residents said they woke up to a terrifying scene.

"I woke up to screams and looked out the window and there was smoke billowing out of the window," said resident Andrew Holden.

Holden, 13, and his mother and father scrambled to get out of their home.

“We were trying to get our dogs together and everything. I had run over there and I just saw flames all over the bottom of that kitchen," said Elizabeth Holden.

Dickson firefighters had just returned from a house fire when they quickly responded to evacuate the townhomes.

"Fire crews were inside that structure for quite some time. There was an extensive fire in there. It took some time to figure out what was there beyond that," said Capt. Kane Sesler with the Dickson Fire Department.

But there was one life lost. Police at the scene said an 18-year-old woman died in the fire.

Neighbors said they saw her family trying to save her.

"There was a mother in the alley, a Latino mother, just screaming and crying, trying to get her kids out and her husband was on the roof, and it was not pretty. So there was a lot of fire everywhere," said Elizabeth Holden.

The victim was later identified as Nadia Garcia. The Dickson fire marshal said she graduated from Dickson County High School in May.

Two other residents were injured in the fire. One of the victims was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The other was transported by ambulance to Verizon Medical. It's unclear how severe their injuries are.

Fifty residents were displaced by the fire. They were taken to the Walnut Street Church of Christ and will be assisted by the Red Cross.

Firefighters said they kept the fire from spreading from the one apartment.

State fire marshals will figure out what caused the fire. Dickson firefighters told Channel 4 they do not believe it is suspicious.

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