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Fire Destroys South Nashville Home--Mikayla Lewis

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Intense flames and smoke filled a south Nashville home, Sunday afternoon on the 500 block of Bluewater Drive.

Debbie Sensing neighbor says, "Boom! The room just shook and me and my two daughters ran out on the deck. and saw the black smoke billowing out of the roof."

The Nashville Fire Department says the explosions neighbors like Debbie Sensing experienced most likely came from the several propane tanks erupting in the back of the house,  fueling the flames even more. It caused fire fighters to be pulled out of the home, while crews attacked from the top of the house.

No crew members sustained any injuries. The Nigerian couple and their children all made it out safely too.

Dianne Lukawitz lives a mile away and heard the blast, and came to the scene and she saw the  homeowner's wife..

Dianne Lukawitz says, " She obviously just got home from church and she was screaming up and down the street, 'that's my home, that's my home.'"

Amanda Peters, neighbor says, "My heart goes out to the family, I am truly sorry for them, they had three kids. They lost everything."


The fact that it's Easter makes it even tougher on everyone involved.


Nashville Fire Capt. George Owen says, "I've been doing this 36 years, and it's never good to do it on a holiday of any kind because it's just not a good thing, at any time it's not good, but holidays its worse."


Christopher Aibangbee , friend says, " I am in pain, I am in pain. I am the one who called everybody here so that they can see what is happening to one of our own."

Friends of the family gathered to pray.

Christopher Aibangbee says, " We are hoping that we are able to make them peaceful. We want to bring peace to their life and bring them support while they need us."

The Red Cross assisted the family with living arrangements tonight. If you would like to help, contact: 615-568-1817.

Some neighbors speculate a van behind the house, is where the fire started. The fire department is still investigating the cause.

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