Nashville family of 8 displaced after suspicious house fire

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – An investigation is underway after a late night house fire in South Nashville.

A family of eight is now without a home after the fire officials are calling suspicious.

A young neighbor, 10-year-old Jose Ugarte, told News 2 woke up bright and early to lights and sirens.

“It went all the way toward the top,” noted Ugarte of the flames. “My dad was pouring water, so it could not reach us.”

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

Flames from the duplex on Coarsey Road could be spotted up and down the block, with nothing but a hollowed charred building remaining in the morning.

Two adults and six children are now in the care of the Red Cross, who provided comfort kits, financial aid, and shelter.

“It’s extremely sad, especially for this time of year. The holidays are coming up,” noted Jesse Morgan, a neighbor. “Obviously they’ve got to find a place to live right before Christmas.”

Questions, though, surround the fire continue to swirl, which has been deemed suspicious.

“That’s scary,” said Morgan. “I live on this street, and the fact that somebody might intentionally set a fire to a home, with eight people in it, bunch of kids, is very frightening.”

The owner of the duplex told News 2 the family had been evicted, and the building was supposed to be vacant.