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Families displaced after devastating fire at condo complex

By Lori Brown - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A fire at a Hickory Hill condominium complex displaced several families Saturday.

A firefighter suffered burns and four families were without homes and everything they owned.

"I seen people running, knocking on doors, telling everybody to get out," said witness Derick Echols.

One resident was forced to jump out of his window.

"They guy couldn't get out of his apartment, so he had to jump out the window," said witness Katherine Taylor.  "At that time, everybody started running out."

No residents were hurt in the fire, but a firefighter burned his leg while working to put out the flames.

"Looked out, saw the reflection of the fire, and we got excited and got out," said resident George Whitney.  "Keys, no wallet, nothing else."

Whitney said he was thankful the fire did not spread to other buildings with all the dry grass and trees nearby.

"We saw things fall down there by those trees," said Whitney.  "It looked like they might have been trying to catch, so some people went to stomping on them."

The thick smoke could be seen from miles away above the condominium complex near Mount Moriah and Clark.

"The flames were maybe 10 feet above the roof," said resident Malcolm Foster.  "I feel sorry for the people who live in these because they don't have anything left."

This is the second fire in the complex in less than two months.  An electrical problem with the water heater caused the first fire.  Firefighters are still trying to figure out what sparked this fire.

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