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Nashville Fire Department Urges Heating Safety

Joseph Pleasant; Public Information Officer

Fires also highlight the need to have working smoke detectors in the home

The Nashville Fire Department responded to at least 2 large house fires between Tuesday, January 29, 2019, and the early morning hours of January 30, 2019.

In both fires the cause is undetermined but it appears the fires started around unattended space heaters.

Residents in the home also did not report working smoke alarms prior to the fires.

In the first fire located at 259 Lanier Drive, a neighbor spotted flames and called 911 around 10:45 pm. When NFD firefighters arrived the home was fully involved with fire.

A woman in the home suffered some burns and NFD Medics transported her to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. There were also animals in the home, some but not all of the animals were saved.

The cause of the fire is still undetermined however the fire appears to have started near a space heater in use inside the home.

A 911 call for a separate fire at 1726 St. Louis Street came into 911 around 3:30 am. The resident told our firefighters he woke up to the smell of smoke. The man got out of bed to unplug his space heater. He spotted fire in his home and was able to escape the home.

The cause of the fire is also still undetermined however the fire appears to have started near several space heaters, power cords, and gas generators.

Two NFD firefighters also went to Vanderbilt Emergency Room for non-emergency injuries they suffered while working to put out the fire.


  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from any heat source like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators or space heaters.
  • Plug only 1 heat-producing appliance into an electrical outlet at a time.
  • Keep portable generators outside, away from windows and as far away as possible from your home.
  • Have a qualified professional clean and inspect your chimney and vents every year.
  • Install and test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.

The Nashville Fire Department wants to remind the public about the importance of having working smoke alarms, knowing how the fire alarm system works in your building and having an escape plan for your family. Additionally, you should practice the escape plan with family and visitors to your home.

Davidson County residents can receive a free smoke alarm by coming to the Nashville Fire Department Headquarters during regular business hours.

Nashville Fire Department Headquarters
63 Hermitage Avenue
Nashville, TN 37210
Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The NFD also has Safe Awake alarms for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The alarm connects to the home’s smoke alarm and will shake the occupant’s bed if the smoke alarm is activated.

You can also contact our Nashville Fire Department Fire Marshal’s Office:

Mike Robinson
Assistant Fire Marshal

Jason Campbell
Fire Inspector