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Downed power line may have caused South Nashville apartment fire

WZTV Fox 17 Nashville

An accident involving Metro Public works may have led to an apartment fire in South Nashville early Friday morning.

Metro Dispatch says just after midnight, they received a call about a fire at the Highland Apartments on Nolensville Pike. Firefighters say when they arrived on scene, they noticed flames coming from the roof of an apartment building.

Crews say they were able to put the fire out quickly, and the flames were contained to one unit in the building. The Nashville Fire Department says the fire appears to be electrical, but it may be connected to an incident a involving Metro Public Works vehicle.

According to the fire department, a waste management truck knocked down a line at the complex on Thursday. The department says Nashville Electric Service was called to the scene to repair the downed line, but there was an electrical box that still had arcing in it. Firefighters say the arcing may have ignited the blaze, but that has not been confirmed yet.

Right now, power is shut off in 6 units at the complex. Families living in those 6 units have been placed in temporary housing at the apartment complex. No one is hurt, but the investigation is still ongoing.

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