- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Officials say a fire that broke out at an old Nashville motel has been ruled aggravated arson.

Multiple news outlets report that Nashville Fire Chief Ricky White says investigators believe Tuesday night’s blaze was caused by a money dispute between two people who were living at the abandoned Harding Inn.

Fire spokesman Brian Haas says multiple people had to be rescued from the balconies and that two people had to be transported to the hospital for non-critical injuries.

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

White ordered property owners to provide around-the-clock security to ensure no one enters the building until it’s demolished or deemed safe.


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