April 14, 2017 — (UPDATE 12 p.m.) The Nashville Fire Department said the cause is undetermined after a large fire Friday morning broke out at an abandoned building in downtown Nashville.
Firefighters were on the scene of the blaze at 330 Harrison Street at 2:15 a.m. Dispatchers said a homeless person walking near the building saw flames and heavy smoke and called 911.
No one is injured, and firefighters don't think anyone was inside. The building was previously occupied by Chromemasters Inc., a chrome-plating company for car repair and maintenance.
NFD says the building was vacant and did not have any electric or gas service. It is unknown if any chemicals were inside the building at the time of the fire.
Crews have used gallons of water to put the blaze out. Smoke can be seen for miles from interstates surrounding downtown. A spokesperson for the NFD says the roof of the building collapsed during the fire.
At this time, firefighters are not able to examine the inside of the building due to safety concerns. The scene is taped off, and firefighters were still putting out hot spots as of Friday morning.
3rd Avenue North is shut down at Stockyard Boulevard and Harrison Street was shut down while crew battled the large fire.