Protesters started a fire at the Nashville’s Metro Courthouse Saturday night.
The fire appeared to start in a first-floor office building a little before 8:15 p.m. Saturday. Around 8:45 p.m, Mayor John Cooper declared a state of civil emergency and police announced a 10 p.m curfew for city. Shortly after 9 p.m., Gov. Bill Lee deployed the National Guard.
Dozens of protesters had gathered on the steps of Nashville’s criminal courthouse and City Hall after a rally and march. Demonstrators smashed windows with rocks and other material drawing a swarm of police and the situation at the building appeared to subside by about 7:30 p.m.
But by 8:15 p.m. fire was visible from the first floor office building.