An 8-month-old girl died and several other children were hospitalized on Sunday morning after a fire broke out in an apartment in Nashville while their mothers were out at a nightclub.
In a news release, Nashville City said the Nashville Fire Department responded to a fire report at Nashville’s Hickory Lake Apartments just after 2 am on Sunday, July 7 ound heavy smoke and flames from one of the units.
Five children aged 1 to 6—four of them siblings—were rescued and taken to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
According to the news release, the 8-month-old, identified as Jream Jenkins, died at the scene.
Her brother, who is 23-months-old, is in critical condition.
The release said that both children lived in the apartment.
The children’s mothers, 23- and 25-year-old, went to the nightclub on Saturday night, but it’s unclear whether they had arranged a babysitter.
According to the release, when first responders arrived, there was no babysitter in the apartment.
After the fire broke out, two passersby called authorities and reported seeing a 6-year-old boy run out of the apartment screaming his siblings were inside.
The release said, after first responders were already on the scene, the mothers returned to the apartment complex.
Investigators from multiple agencies including the Tennessee Department of Children’s Service, the Metro-North Police Department’s South Precinct, and Nashville Fire Marshal’s Office are working to determine what happened.