- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Officials say a fire reported at an old Nashville hotel, a day after it had been analyzed as a safety risk, has been ruled suspicious.

Multiple media outlets report that Nashville Fire Department spokesman Brian Haas says firefighters responded to the fire at the Harding Inn hotel building Tuesday night. Haas says multiple people had to be rescued from the balconies.

Haas says the building was supposed to be vacant, but that multiple people had been living there. Haas says fire department officials visited the building Monday with police to evaluate fire danger and safety.

Haas says two people rescued had to be transported to the hospital for non-critical injuries. Haas says one firefighter was also being treated for non-critical injuries.

Haas says the fire is being investigated as suspicious.


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