Two-alarm apartment fire on West End displaces at least 5 families

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 2:33pm

A two-alarm fire in a West End apartment building Monday morning has displaced at least five families, but so far there have been no reports of injuries.

Units from the Nashville Fire Department responded to the smoke and flames at the 3821 West End Ave. at around 10:45 a.m.

According to resident Ashwin Mudigonda, a plumbing company was soldering pipes and something caught fire a few minutes later. The Nashville Fire Department had to cut a hole in the roof of the building in order to access the flames within the walls.

NFD spokeswoman Maggie Lawrence said a second alarm was sounded at 11:05 a.m. The fire was under control by 11:45 a.m., she said.

The American Red Cross was called to help with the five families that were displaced, but Lawrence said it’s possibly that there may be more.

Lawrence said investigators were still on the scene early Monday afternoon to determine what exactly happened.

The eastbound lanes of West End Avenue in front of the building were closed for more than an hour and a half.