NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A home in West Meade caught fire Monday night and quickly became engulfed in flames.
It happened shortly before 9:40 p.m. Vosswood Drive between Brook Hollow Road and West Meade Drive.
Smoke poured out of the windows as the flames ripped through the attic, ultimately breaking through the roof as at least a dozen firefighters attempted to put them out.
Fire crews reportedly could not access the electric box in the basement to cut power to the home. One firefighter said some working to extinguish the flames were shocked while inside.
Officials told News 2 the homeowners were able to make it outside safely with their dog. They said cats were also inside the house, but they have yet to be found. The homeowner believes they didn’t make it.
According to firefighters at the scene, the fire has been deemed accidental at this time and it’s believed it started in a trash can.
The family has been displaced. The American Red Cross is assisting them at this time.
The following day on Tuesday, the homeowner was identified as the Director of Development for Nashville’s Jewish Foundation. The Jewish community is now rallying for Risa Klein Herzog, asking for any donations to help her and her family rebuild.
Click here to donate online. You can also send checks to The Jewish Federation, 801 Percy Warner Boulevard, Suite 102, Nashville, TN 37205. Please note on the check that the contribution is for Emergency Relief for the Herzog family.
A GoFundMe account was also set up to help Herzogs. Click here to donate.