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Davidson county residents lose homes to fires

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

With a drop in temperatures have come a major spike in the number of fires.

Three people died in two fires in Hamblen County Saturday morning, while several families also lost their homes in Davidson County in the span of just a few hours.

"We got the hot stove going, and it was going just fine," said Linda Kinnard of Goodlettsville. "The house started filling up with smoke. The smoke detectors were going off like crazy. If it had happened later at night, we would've gone to sleep, and we probably wouldn't even be here right now."

Kinnard's family had just moved to Hitt Lane in Goodlettsville, believing this would be their dream home.

"It felt like Christmas, you could put a big tree in the corner and have your kids and grandkids over," said Kinnard.

Just hours after a devastating fire, the floor of that dream home is buried under insulation, light peaks through the ceiling and Kinnard is embracing the most precious of her salvaged items.

"This right here is my daughter and grandson and my grandbaby that passed away," said Kinnard, holding a picture of her family. "That was saved, and these are what means most to you is these little things like this."

The cause of the fire still under investigation, Kinnard's family is one of many fire victims from Friday night and Saturday morning.

A fire that started in a chimney damaged a home in Green Hills, while yet another fire being investigated destroyed a home on North 5th St in East Nashville and damaged two neighboring homes.

"With the cold snap coming and people building chimney fires and turning on space heaters, it always increases this time of year," said Debbie Greene of the American Red Cross.

Red Cross officials said with the higher risk of fires, residents must be sure to have renter's insurance and take a few vital steps.

"One thing they can do is have preventative maintenance on their fireplaces and make sure their gas stoves are working correctly," said Greene. "Any space heaters can not be against furniture or curtains."

Now, the fire victims, including Kinnard, are left wondering what to do next.

"We just don't understand why it happened," said Kinnard. "All I can do is pray and hopefully God will get us going in a different direction and get us a home, because we don't have a home."

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