Firefighter among injured in late night fire

(WMC-TV) - Three people, including a firefighter, are recovering from injuries after a house went up in flames early Friday morning.

Flames shot through the roof of the two-story boarding home, where eight people lived on the 500 block of Pontotoc Avenue in Memphis.

Everyone had made it outside by the time firefighters arrived.

One man, who was in his 40s, hurt his ankle escaping and was taken to The MED.  Another man was treated on the scene for smoke inhalation.  A firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion.

Neighbors said that despite the huge flames, the first thing that alerted them to the fire was the screaming.

"When I first heard it I was scared," said neighbor Briana Collins  "It took a long time for me to notice, but I heard someone screaming and that's what made me come out to see what was happening."

Investigators believe the fire started because of a faulty extension cord.

The Red Cross is helping the people who are displaced by the fire.

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