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Dozens of residents displaced by Whitehaven fire

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A large fire at a Whitehaven apartment complex displaced dozens of residents Tuesday morning.

Officials said the fire broke out just after 4:00 a.m. at the Highland Creek Apartments, located in the 3000 block of West Dove Creek Circle in Memphis.

When firefighters arrived, heavy flames had engulfed several units at the complex.  It took firefighters nearly an hour to bring the fire under control.

Six to eight units were damaged in the blaze.

Resident Kevin Johnson said a man banging on his door woke him up.  He then woke his wife, and they ran for their lives as fire engulfed the building.

"The attic fell down to my second floor, and everything I have upstairs is gone," he said.

Memphis police said there was a domestic dispute earlier in the evening from the same unit they believe the fire started in.  Residents, including Johnson, heard a similar rumor.

"The lady next door to me said she saw someone throw a moltov cocktail thru the townhouse down there - the first town house," he said. "She actually saw that, so it was deliberate."

Fire Department investigators are looking in to those charges that the blaze was deliberately set.

"We received that information from police that there was a domestic dispute earlier today," Lt. Wayne Cooke said. "We have not connected them at this point but it is under investigation."

Officials with the Red Cross were called contacted to provide aid to the displaced residents of the complex.

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the blaze.

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