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Nashville Fire Department Investigators Search for Origin of 2-Alarm Fire

8/24/2020
Joseph Pleasant; Public Information Officer

Firefighters rescued one person from the roof of the burning building

Nashville Fire Department Investigators continue to collect materials to determine the origin and cause of a massive commercial fire at 1015 W. Kirkland Avenue, Nashville, Tn 37216.

The initial calls for the fire came in on Saturday August 22, 2020 at 10:40 p.m. and crews remained on the scene in various stages until just after 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 23, 2020.

Multiple 911 calls reported a fire at the two-story structure. The first NFD crew arrived within four minutes. The personnel reported heavy smoke showing from all sides of the building.

Engine 29 B-Shift issued a code red because a man who escaped the burning building was trapped on the roof. Crews successfully rescued the patient. NFD Medics assessed the man and he refused to be transported to the hospital.

Within 15 minutes incident command called for a second alarm because of the size of the burning building.

When an incident commander calls for a second or higher alarm level it provides more personnel to aid in the firefighting operation.

There were multiple dogs in one of the areas of the building. Multiple people worked to try to rescue the pets, however multiple animals perished in the fire. The exact number of pets lost is still under investigation.

At this point, Metro Nashville Department of Codes and Building Safety has found no evidence on file for a Use andOccupancy permit for residential occupancy at the building that burned.

NFD Fire Inspectors will be following up with the property owner and inspecting other buildings on site that are owned by the same person.

This is an ongoing investigation. The NFD will release more information as it becomes available.

If you have information about how this fire started or any other information about the fire you can contact NFD Fire Investigators at 615-862-5640. You can also call the Tennessee Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017.

Fire at 1015 Kirkland Avenue