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Dozens displaced in Bellevue apartment complex fire

(Fox 17 News)

Crews are fighting a two-alarm fire at a Bellevue apartment complex on Monday night.

Flames were visible across the building at the Creekwood Apartments on Highway 70 South. The Nashville Fire Department said no injures have been reported, and firefighters saved a cat trapped in the fire.

The Nashville Fire Department said at least 48 apartments were damaged in the fire. A shelter has been set up for neighbors at Bellevue Church of Christ and a processing center has been set up at Bellevue Middle School. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the victims.

Officials with the Office of Emergency Management said the fire might have been caused by a HVAC unit that caught on fire, but the cause of the fire is still under investigation. The NFD said the fire is not suspicious.

Mayor Megan Barry was on the scene Monday night to reach out to neighbors from the 45 units that went up in flames and thank the first responders for their hard work. Metro Councilwoman Sheri Weiner was also at the scene of the fire after seeing the flames while she was at the library up the street.

"Bellevue wraps its arms around its folks," Councilwoman Sheri Weiner said. "We're going to start a GoFundMe, and we'll start bringing in donations and doing whatever we can do to help the community that's been impacted."

The Nashville Red Cross is also on the scene to and prepared to help at least 60-80 neighbors displaced by the fire. Fox 17 News spoke with two young girls, ages 9 and 11, who said they'll be staying with a cousin after their apartment was damaged in the fire.

The NFD said two fire marshals were on the scene to investigate on Monday night.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated with the latest information available.


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