CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – Eight families are wondering what’s next after a fire at their Clarksville apartment complex. This is the third major fire on this property in approximately seven years.
“We were together in town, safe. Thank goodness for that,” resident Rodney Northington said. “When I came and looked around the house, everything was gone. Everything was gone.”
For three years, Northington and her family lived at Avondale Park Apartments in Clarksville. After a fire on Saturday night, the Northington family are one of eight families now waiting to hear what will come next. Now, other residents of his town have told him something that he finds alarming.
“They told me there had been several fires here,” Northington said.
In 2015, a building in the Avondale Park Apartments caught fire. Several residents jumped from the second floor to escape. Firefighters believed the fire had been started by someone cooking.
Then in 2018 there was another fire at the Avondale Park apartments. This time firefighters said it was triggered by a child playing with a candle.
The three fires occurred in three neighboring buildings.
Firefighters are still investigating the causes of the fire this weekend.
In the meantime, property manager Denelle Brooks and resident Candace Felton are compiling a list of clothing and footwear needed by the displaced.
“We need all sizes for women, kids and men,” Brooks said.
The women created a GoFundMe page for residents like Northington.
“We have to unite,” Felton said. “We are a big family here and we have to take care of each other.”
“People are doing their best to get back on their feet,” Northington said. “Everybody keep their heads up.”
Brooks and Felton’s list of needs for residents includes clothes and shoes for women and men of all sizes, blankets, children’s toys, jackets for all ages, toothbrushes, toothpaste, cleansers for the body, hair care items of all kinds and diapers. Brooks and Felton request that these items be sent to 1351 Avondale Dr, Clarksville, TN 37040. They have also created a GoFundMe page for residents here.