District Captain Henry Wingett speaks as Nashville Fire Department crews battle a fire at a lumber warehouse in the 400 block of Chestnut Street, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.
Mariah Timms, USA Today Network-Tennessee
Fire destroyed a lumber warehouse in Wedgewood-Houston on Monday evening as crews battled the lingering sparks in near-freezing temperatures all night.
The outside metal frame of the building in the 400 block of Chestnut Street was “glowing red” from the heat of the internal flames, according to district captain Henry Wingett.
Wingett confirmed the structure was a “total loss.”
The structure was completely destroyed with the outside metal walls twisted and melted back and down from where they stood. Some beams, several feet wide, still sparked with lingering heat as crews sprayed water from multiple directions onto the rubble.
Frigid night air was thick with smoke and water particles that fell like snow over a several block radius.
Monday night blaze
Crews arrived around 8:15 p.m. after first responding to a report of smoke at a nearby building and set up fire hoses and extended ladders to fight the blaze from the ground and above.
Woodstock Vintage Lumber is located at that address, but Wingett could not confirm the name of the company that owns the destroyed building. He said the wood kept inside was likely the type used to make fine furniture, which would need to be protected from the elements in a covered warehouse.
It was not immediately clear if any offices or other work spaces were housed in that building.
No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported as of 10:30 p.m. , but Wingett could not confirm if anyone had been inside the building at the time of the blaze.
The structure was already too damaged by the time crews arrived to allow them to safely enter. Crews had the fire under control by 9:30 p.m. but planned to be at the scene all night putting water on the structure.
For safety, they planned to wait until daylight to enter the lumber yard.
“I’m proud of my guys,” Wingett said.
Fire marshals and investigators were on scene and in contact with the building’s owners on Monday evening, Wingett said. The cause of the fire was not immediately apparent.
In the same area in 1991, two firefighters killed when a brick wall fell on them during a fire at Fourth and Chestnut streets.
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