Man dies in early morning apartment fire

(WMC-TV) - Memphis firefighters found one person dead inside a burning apartment in the 3400 block of Carnes Tuesday morning.

Firefighters received the call around 2:45 a.m. Tuesday that heavy smoke was coming from a second floor window in the Carnes Manor Apartments.

"I didn't know what was happening and I woke up, my whole room was filled with smoke so I ran out, ran into the living room," said James Ekwensi, who lives in the apartment building.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found the body of a young man in his 20's inside.

"During our primary search procedures, we located the body of an adult male in a rear bedroom," said Lieutenant Wayne Cook, Memphis Fire Department.

People who live in the complex and multiple neighbors said the victim is a University of Memphis student, but firefighters would not confirm or deny that.

"The person the apartment that is on fire, what was on fire, I knew him, he's a cool guy," said Anice Tucker.

Firefighters said flames and smoke could be seen for miles. Two units were impacted and it took firefighters 20 minutes to put out the fire.

The Red Cross has been called in to assist those residents displaced by the fire.

"Well hopefully, I would like to go back in my house but I know that the smoke damage is severe and they probably won't let us go back in until tomorrow or something like that," said Tucker.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire.

The victim was taken to the medical examiner's office so they can determine an exact cause of death.

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