Fire Destroys East Nashville Apartments

Fire Destroys East Nashville Apartments

CREATED Mar 23, 2014

by Chris Conte

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A fast moving fire fueled by high winds on Sunday destroyed an East Nashville apartment complex, leaving at least a dozen people homeless.

"I'm looking at it in despair right now and the only thing to keep from crying is smile. To keep from crying, the only thing I can do is smile," said Dewight Menifee who lost everything in the blaze.

Dewight left his burning apartment on Russell St. so quickly on Sunday, that he was standing in the parking lot of the complex shirtless and with no shoes on his feet.

The only thing he had time to save, were his kids.

"I could care less about the material stuff, we got out with our lives. Everything else can be replaced," he said.

Officials said drivers on Interstate 40  saw heavy smoke coming from the apartment complex and called 911 around 11 a.m. Sunday morning. By the time fire fighters arrived, flames were blanketing most of the roof.

"Just unfortunate things happened like this but fortunately no one was hurt," said acting Assistant Fire Chief Walter Demonbreun.

The Red Cross has stepped in to assist the 12 people displaced by the fire.

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