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Fire erupts in Mt. Juliet apartment unit

LAURIE EVERETT Mt. Juliet News Managing Editor • Dec 15, 2015 at 1:39 PM

MT. JULIET – Fifteen residents were evacuated from an apartment unit after a fire erupted in the wall area of a bathroom late Friday afternoon in Mt. Juliet.

The fire was contained to one single story building that has four apartments at Laurel Hills Apartments on Old Lebanon Dirt Road. Two of the apartments sustained significant fire, smoke and water damage, but no one was injured. The evacuated residents now all have temporary housing.

Wilson Emergency Management Agency Director John Jewell said they got the call around 4 p.m. He said that earlier in the day some residents smelled smoke.

"The preliminary thought to cause of fire is that maintenance staff were doing some soldering and plumbing work in a bathroom of one of the apartments," said Jewell. "We think the fire started there and traveled up the wall and got into the attic."

Most of the damage was internal and firefighters had to knock out parts of the ceilings in two apartments to get water to the fire.

Four WEMA stations responded to the fire, with about 17 firefighters, including volunteers, on hand to extinguish the flames and keep them from jumping to another apartment.

Managing Editor Laurie Everett can be reached at 754-6397 or by email at mtjulietnews@tds.net

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