Apartment fire displaces several North Memphis families

(WMC-TV) - Several North Memphis families were displaced after a fire at the Todd Creek Apartments Saturday afternoon.

Investigators are following up on reports that the fire was intentionally set.

"Burned a lot of stuff up," said neighbor Lee Telleis.  "Everybody's clothes and stuff burnt.  Burnt TV, burnt radio."

Neighbors said a team of firefighters went into action as the fire spread to one upstairs apartment and heavy smoke damaged two others.

"The firemen came, they started putting the fire out, pulling all that stuff out of the house right there," said neighbor Danny Ervin.

Residents who live nearby described the fire as a frightening sight.

"I don't know how it caught on fire, but all you seen is a bunch of smoke, flames, firefighters," said neighbor Montreal Murrell.  "Police came pulling in, little kids came running down the steps.  Everybody came running out of their house."

Family members who live in the apartments where the fire started were not at home when the blaze broke out.  Police are looking into reports that the fire was intentionally set.

Meanwhile, neighbors said some of the residents' apartments are too damaged to occupy.

"It hurts me to the heart, because I know those folks, too, and they got plenty of kids," said Murrell.  "This was their home, and now they ain't got nowhere to go."

Neighbors said displaced families are being helped by the Red Cross.

Investigators asked anyone with information about the fire to call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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