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ONLY ON FOX: Fire Destroys Multi-Unit Home; Tenant Blames Landlord--Mikayla Lewis

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NORTH NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Nearly a dozen people are left without a home tonight, after a fire destroyed a multi-unit home on the 4000 block of Brick Church Pike. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but one resident is holding the landlord responsible.

Irene Driver said, "I had a feeling something was going to happen."

Driver's fear became reality on Sunday just before noon. Her daughter, Larika Driver's apartment was destroyed in the fire along with three other units.

Irene Driver said, " I wanted to break down and cry, because I know my daughter she don't have anything."

Larika Driver lost her apartment, unit B, just three months after moving in. The Nashville Fire Department says the blaze erupted near a be in unit A. While fire crews battled the blaze, an oxygen tank in unit A exploded. No one was injured in the fire or explosion. The fire department says a total of 11-12 people lived in the apartments. The Drivers say the landlord, David Turner allowed only one person to live in each unit. Apartment A was a different story according to the Drivers.

Irene Driver explained, "He told us one person would be living there, an old lady. Here come's 6-7 people. The landlord ignored it. They cooking all the time, burning pizzas and stuff."

Larika Driver added, "Kids hollering and screaming all the time. I had told the landlord before you know he needs to come check out whats going on with these people."

Fox 17 News reached out to Turner by going to his house, but his wife said he was not at home. Fox 17 then called Turner, and left a message.

Nashville Fire Capt. John Narramore said, "  I'm sure if there's a question, they'll get codes involved. They do have a lot of people living in here ."

The Davidson County code states:

"Section 16.24.400Occupancy Limits

No more than three unrelated adults can occupy a dwelling unit. This regulation applies to all dwelling units, no matter how many bedrooms the dwelling unit may have."

David Turner has yet to respond to Fox 17's interview requests. The Red Cross responded to the scene, and assisted the displaced residents. Larika Driver was set up in a hotel for a couple of nights.

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