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Residents Displaced by East Nashville Apartment Fire - John Dunn

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- At least 12 people are forced out of their homes after an East Nashville apartment fire. The flames shot through the roof, and firefighters had to work fast to contain it.

"We got the call, somebody driving down the interstate actually saw the apartment on fire from the interstate," says acting Asst. Chief Walter Demonbreun with the Nashville Fire Department.

Water, smoke and flames created a busy Sunday morning at the CWA Plaza Apartments. "When we got here we had fire that was already coming through the roof," says Demonbreun.

About 12 people, spread across six units, had to get out quickly.  "They were beating on the door, and just telling everybody to get out, and we walked out and there was a lot of smoke and everything was on fire," says displaced tenant Bonnie Gooch.

Firefighters had to contend with a strong wind that threatened to spread the flames. Residents comforted one another. Many didn't know what to make of it. "I didn't know what was going on, it just scared me to death," says Gooch.

Firefighters say most of the damage is on the second floor where the ceiling caved in. The apartments are soaked with water. "Basically what it looks like to us so far is that it started in the attic somehow," says Demonbreun.
  
CWA Plaza provides housing for low income families in East Nashville. Managers are now working to find another place for the displaced tenants. "I'm kind of tearing up because I just want to make sure that everybody is ok and safe right now," says co-manager Tanga Gibson.

Firefighters have been able to confirm that no one was injured. People like Bonnie Gooch feel fortunate to be safe. "I'm just lucky they beat on my door, because most of the time I'd be asleep at this time. Good thing that person woke me up," says Gooch.

The American Red Cross responded to Sunday morning's fire. They are now helping families with their needs.

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