A Nolensville Pike ammunition store caught fire, killing a man, forcing the evacuation of firefighters and blocking South Nashville roads during rush hour Monday.
Kenedy Rojas, 42, died of smoke inhalation and severe burns after Monday’s afternoon explosion and fire at Well Done Bullets at 4813 Nolensville Pike.
Today's autopsy showed no signs of foul play, Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron said.
Rojas, and his wife, Dina, were the owners of the the shop that opened in February, Aaron said.
Rojas was federally licensed to sell and import firearms, according to the ATF. However, Rojas was not licensed to manufacture ammunition. Rojas was known to keep containers of gunpowder for reloading ammunition.
The fire at the ammunition manufacturer, Well Done Bullet, 4813 Nolensville Pike, a small strip plaza with several businesses, started at 3:35 p.m. The victim’s name was withheld pending family notification.
With the threat of the building collapsing, firefighters had to leave the building, Nashville Fire Department spokesman Joaquin Toon said. An engineer checked whether the building was structurally sound and a fire crew reinforced the building with steel and other equipment.
“We were concerned about the stability of the structure and we had to get them out,” Toon said.
Firefighters found the victim’s body inside the store, but it was so severely burned that they couldn’t tell whether it was a man or a woman.
From a nearby fire hall, firefighters heard “ammunition popping, like fireworks,” Toon said.
Nearby businesses, including a dental office, had smoke damage.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating.