Memphis apartment fire sends six to the hospital - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis apartment fire sends six to the hospital

(WMC-TV) - Several people were injured in a fire Wednesday morning at a Memphis apartment complex.

Officials said the fire was first reported around 10:00 a.m. at the Peppertree Apartments, located in the 4300 block of East Wind Drive in Memphis.

Six people - two residents, two firefighters and two Memphis police officers - were sent to The MED in non-critical condition after the fire.

The police officers, who were the first emergency responders to arrive at the scene, pulled the two residents from the blaze.

Officer Jeremy Mackey was patrolling the neighborhood when he was flagged down. The first officer at the scene, Mackey ran into the burning building to rescue a man whose clothes were on fire.

Officer Russell Cathey arrived seconds later. With a t-shirt tied around his face, Cathey ran into the burning building, located a woman screaming for help, and carried her out over his shoulders.

At the officers' Raines Station precinct, superiors plan to recommend Mackey and Cathey for lifesaving medals.

"This was above and beyond," Lt. Col. Frank Garrett said. "But they saw a need, you know? There was people that needed help, and they stepped forward and both officers did there job commendably."

At the scene, firefighters also offered praise.

"They did do this heroic act, and we have two lives that were saved because of that," said Memphis Fire Department spokesperson Lt. Wayne Cooke.

At least two units in the apartment complex were destroyed.

Investigators are still trying to determine what started the fire.

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