Mothers at Tennessee club when infant dies, 5 children hurt in apartment fire, police say

The mothers of six children left at a Tennessee home were at a nightclub when a fire broke out at an apartment, killing an 8-month-old girl and injuring the other children, police said.

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The fire broke out at Hickory Lane Apartments in Antioch around 2 a.m., WKRN reported.

Metro Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron said officers have been unable to confirm a claim by the mothers, ages 25 and 23, that a babysitter was with the children, the Tennessean reported. Police said there was no babysitter present when they responded to the fire, according to the newspaper.

Jream Jenkins died in the fire, WZTV reported. Her 23-month-old brother is listed in critical condition at an area hospital, the television station reported.

The other children, all siblings, are ages 6, 4, 2 and 1, according to WKRN. The two boys and two girls were taken to an area hospital, the television station reported.

A spokesman for the Nashville Fire Department said several people were trapped inside the burning apartment, WZTV reported. Passersby told police a 6-year-old boy ran out of the building and said his siblings were still inside, the television station reported.

Police said the two mothers returned to the apartment while first responders were at the scene, WZTV reported.

Nashville Fire Department spokesman Joseph Pleasant said arson detectives are part of the investigation, the Tennessean reported.

"The circumstances of the fire and the cause of the fire remain under investigation by the fire marshal's office," Aaron told the newspaper.

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