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Early morning fire leaves dozens homeless

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - An early morning fire at the Hilldale Apartments in Raleigh left 17 adults and seven children homeless early Wednesday morning.

The fire broke out around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday at the complex, located in the 3500 block of Westline Drive.

After the fire was extinguished, Sabrina Gordon and her family spent the day helping her 63-year-old mother pick up the pieces.

"We're moving out her belongings," Gordon said. "Anything that has value, and her medicines."

Authorities said at least three residents suffered from smoke inhalation and one firefighter received burns. Gordon said her mother has a breathing condition and had to quickly get away from the smoke.   

"The ambulance had given her a mask to breath in because the smoke was so heavy," Gordon said.

A total of eight units at the apartment complex were damaged. The Red Cross will provide assistance to the people who lost their homes.

While investigators believe the fire was caused by grease left on the stove, Gordon is just thankful everyone made it to safety.

"It could have been a lot worse," she said.

The apartment where the fire started did have a working smoke detector.  Damage was estimated at $140,000.

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