4 Families Displaced In 2-Alarm Apartment Fire On Stewarts Ferry Pike

4 Families Displaced In 2-Alarm Apartment Fire On Stewarts Ferry Pike

CREATED Jan 8, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Four families were displaced by a 2-alarm fire at an apartment complex just off Interstate 40, near Donelson, on Tuesday afternoon.

Fire investigators said the fire broke out in a fireplace chimney of a lower unit around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Stewarts Ferry Apartments on Stewarts Ferry Pike. Everyone got out safely before firefighters arrived, but four units suffered heavy damage.

Sky 5 HD was flying in the area and saw smoke coming from one of the buildings. The fire continued to grow, with flames beginning to consume the roof before firefighters even got to the scene.

Within a half hour, the fire had destroyed half of the roof.

Neighbors watched as firefighters tried to get the fire out, while trying to make sure it didn't spread to other buildings. Fifty firefighters attacked the blaze, and got it under control quickly.

Nashville Fire officials said the extreme cold made them call a second alarm, because going from the intense heat to the extreme cold can be some of the worst conditions they face.

"These guys, they work hard, they sweat then they come out and they're all susceptible to frostbite. We've got to rotate these people out and take care of our people just as much as we do civilians," said Steve Holt with the Nashville Fire Department.

Firefighters in Nashville and across the mid-state have been busy over the past two days as bitterly cold temperatures have settled in. Officials said house fires are more prevalent in winter than in any other season. Officials said it is because many people turn to their fireplaces, woodstoves and space heaters to keep warm.

Some tips include checking chimneys and fireplaces, and keeping space heaters three feet away from anything flammable. Never leave any of those unattended.