NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Some neighbors at a south Nashville condominium complex are being credited with helping alert and save residents from the burning complex. Ten families are looking for a new home after the overnight fire quickly spread to 10 units.
The blaze started at about 11 p.m. Sunday at the Kingswood Condominiums on Selena Drive. Half of the building was already in flames when fire crews arrived. All of the residents of the complex were able to get out safely.
The fire trapped a mother, Sara Blankenship, 30, and her 6-year-old son, Ozzie, on the third flood of building B. Neighbor Jessi Otis grabbed a ladder from a nearby maintenance room. He was assisted by another neighbor, Bruce Brody, in using the ladder to save the mom and son.
"That was absolutely amazing, and the entire family is very, very thankful to him for his quick, heroic action," said Blankenship's father, Charles.
"I'm glad we have people like that in our community," said resident Diana Budde.
One person who lost her home from the fire said the blaze started on some patio furniture.
"I got out of bed to get a drink of water, and I saw an orange glow through my curtains in the living room. I opened up the curtains, and the outside couch was completely on fire," said resident Stephanie Moore.
Moore said she woke up other residents to alert them to get out of the complex.
Crews had to be called back to the condo at 9:30 a.m. when a hot spot flared up.
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