At least five firefighters and three civilians were transported from the scene of a fire at the Foxcroft Apartments on Paragon Mills Road in South Nashville on Wednesday afternoon.
Most of the personnel were transported due to heat-related illnesses. One firefighter had minor burns to their neck, said Kendra Loney, public information officer for the Nashville Fire Department.
Two adult civilians and one child were transported. One of the civilians was transported due to stress to the heart, but Loney couldn’t say what the other injuries were.
Loney said she expected more heat-related illnesses for the personnel as temperatures were over 100 degrees.
Loney said there were reports of people making 911 calls from the building saying they were trapped. Firefighters didn’t find anyone inside. However, the units where the 911 calls were made will be searched again.
Building B, where the fire was, had 20 units, and as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, no one was unaccounted for.
It was a second-alarm fire, but due to the heat, a third-alarm fire response was staged.
(The level of alarm refers to how many personnel are on scene.)
Lazaro Gonzales lives at the Foxcroft Apartments. He arrived home after getting off work at 6 a.m. and went to sleep. His wife left for work at 12:30 p.m.
Today was an inspection day, Gonzales said, and when he heard the fire alarm, he thought it was his landlord testing it.
“I opened up the door, and all I see is flames and black,” he said.
Gonzales ran back to his room, where he grabbed his 4-year-old, 7-year-old and 9-year-old daughters and threw them off the balcony to safety.
He then tried to save his cats, dog and guinea pig. He’s not sure if the guinea pig or dog made it.
His family lost everything.
“That’s where I lived for three years. It’s just gone,” he said.
Gonzalez teared up as he looked at the building.
“I can see myself running with my kids in there, you know? What am I going to do?” he asked.
The Red Cross is available to help families affected by the fire.