Woman's body found after vacant house fire - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Woman's body found after vacant house fire

A fast moving fire Tuesday morning took the life of a Memphis woman and injured a man and now some people say a persistent neighborhood problem may have played a role in the fire. A fast moving fire Tuesday morning took the life of a Memphis woman and injured a man and now some people say a persistent neighborhood problem may have played a role in the fire.

(WMC-TV) – A fast moving fire Tuesday morning took the life of a Memphis woman and injured a man and now some people say a persistent neighborhood problem may have played a role in the fire.

Medics wheeled a 50-year-old man into an ambulance Monday morning in the 2400 block of Dexter Ave. Fortunately, while he had some minor burns, he was alert and awake as he was taken to the hospital.

Another person inside the home wasn't so lucky.

Firefighters discovered a woman's body inside a rear bedroom.

The home was vacant, but neighbors complained of people coming and going constantly from the house.

"Folks go in and out of this house all the time," said neighbor Ernest Boone. "That's the second time the house burnt up."

Boone insists the neighborhood would be better off if the city would address all the vacant homes in the area.

"They should have torn it down long time ago," he said. "There's a lot of houses that need tearing down anyway."

"They present a hazard, not only to firefighters, but also to civilians in this area," said Lt. Wayne Cooke, of the Memphis Fire Department. "Periodically we do have children that play in these structures. So they can be dangerous."

Firefighters aren't sure what caused the fire.

The name and age of the woman who died has not been released pending notification of her next of kin.

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