Discarded Cigarette Sparks 2-Alarm High Rise Fire
Joseph Pleasant; Public Information Officer
Investigators determine a discarded cigarette on the deck of an apartment
balcony caused early morning fire
Fire Department investigators determined a 2-alarm fire at 1818 Church Street
early Monday morning is the result of a discarded cigarette on a balcony.
There were no injuries to the public or
NFD personnel in connection with the fire at the 1818 Church Apartments.
At 3:41 am on Monday a woman called 911
to report a fire on the balcony at 1818 Church Street. The caller saw flames
and smoke coming from the third floor of the building.
NFD firefighters arrived on scene within
five minutes. Firefighters found residents of the multi-level apartment
building outside. Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack on the fire
located in a third floor apartment.
incident commander called for a second-alarm response because building was a multi-family
During firefighting efforts a resident reported a cat still inside of her unit.
Firefighters entered the unit and after hearing faint meows rescued the cat
from the living room. Firefighters reunited the cat with its owner outside the
Fire investigators on scene examined the
unit where the fire started and interviewed the residents. The residents told
investigators they were smoking on the balcony hours earlier before going to
bed for the evening.
The residents awoke to the sound of an
explosion and then reported seeing the flames. The fire started near a futon on
the balcony and then spread into the apartment unit. The explosion the resident
reported was caused by several cans of paint that were near the area of the
The 1818 Church Apartments’ fire safety
system successfully activated and interior sprinklers inside the apartment
extinguished a portion of the fire that spread to the inside of the apartment
The Nashville Fire Department’s Fire
Marshal’s Office determined that the fire is accidental caused by discarded
This fire highlights the importance of
everyone having a fire escape plan.
This is especially important for people
living in one of the many high rise residential buildings in Nashville.
The National Fire Protection Associate suggests these tips for
high-rise building living and fire safety.
Residents of 1818 Church Street who need
a fire report should email: FMORequests@Nashville.Gov.