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Child killed, 3 others injured in fire at Antioch apartments

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Investigators are working to determine what caused the fire. (WSMV) Investigators are working to determine what caused the fire. (WSMV)
A mother and father and their child were transported to the hospital. (WSMV) A mother and father and their child were transported to the hospital. (WSMV)
Officials say a child was killed in the fire at the Stone Ridge Apartments. (WSMV) Officials say a child was killed in the fire at the Stone Ridge Apartments. (WSMV)
ANTIOCH, TN (WSMV) -

A couple and their young child are recovering from severe burns after their Antioch apartment went up in flames overnight. 

Worst of all, the couple's toddler didn't make it out alive.

The fire ripped through the building at the Stone Ridge Apartments on Piccadilly Row just before 4 a.m. Monday. 

The flames and smoke were so intense that firefighters weren't able to go through the door. Instead, they had to crawl through a window. 

Dozens of people who live here had already escaped. Some were yelling to firefighters that people were trapped inside.

Elizabeth Dessie didn't make it out. Rescue crews found the 3-year-old in a bedroom.

Her father, 33-year-old Endalamaw Tesfaye, remains in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center with burns on 80 percent of his body. Doctors say his tissue is swelling, making it hard for him to undergo an operation.

The child's mother, 32-year-old Ehitayehu Dessie, and 5-year-old brother are in stable condition.

There's not much left to their apartment. A good portion of the roof collapsed, and everything inside is torched.

Nearly two dozen people were displaced by the fire. Fire officials called in the Red Cross to help those families find a place to stay. 

"We're always concerned with people who are displaced because their world has just been flipped upside down, so we try to make sure that we tend to the human side first, and now as far as the fire side, investigators ... they will be diligently looking through to try to just sort out exactly what happened," said Commander William Swann with the Nashville Fire Department.

Reymundo Rodriguez said he was asleep with his family when a neighbor knocked on the door telling him to get out.

“Somebody knocked on the door strong, ‘Everybody go outside,’ very quick. And I called 911,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said his wife and two young children ran out as alarms and sprinklers were going off around them. He heard another neighbor yelling for help.

“Somebody said, ‘Help me, please. Help me, please. Fire, fire in the building,’” he said.

Officials said the fire started in the bottom apartment and spread to at least two other apartments. There is no word yet on exactly what started the fire. 

Stay with News 4 for updates on this developing story.

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