Apartment burns hours after maintenance repaired air conditioner - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Apartment burns hours after maintenance repaired air conditioner

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Williams' son cuddles with his friend in a car after they were taken from their home by the fire. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Williams' son cuddles with his friend in a car after they were taken from their home by the fire. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A Memphis father and his 3-year-old son escaped their burning apartment Wednesday morning.

Antwuan Williams said he and his son have been sleeping in their car for weeks because their apartment did not have air conditioning. 

WMC Action News 5 investigators uncovered that Williams was not the only tenant at Eden at Watersedge without air conditioning. In fact, the apartment complex is one that gets more complaints and makes more calls to police than nearly any other apartment complex in Memphis.

After the WMC Action News 5 investigation aired, the apartment complex sent workers to repair Williams' air conditioner.

Williams and his son were excited to finally be able to sleep in their beds--but that dream came to an abrupt end.

"This is the first time I get to experience air, but instead of air, I get fire," Williams said.

Memphis Fire Department determined the fire sparked because of faulty electrical wiring in a wall receptacle. 

"They had just fixed my air and then all the power catches on fire," he said.

Firefighters were able to put out the fire and get everyone out safely, but with all that smoke, it was a potentially deadly situation for Williams--and especially for his son, who has a heart disease.

This isn't the first electrical fire to happen at the Eden at Watersedge apartments.

Just three months ago, two children were treated for smoke inhalation after investigators determined an electrical outlet caused that fire.

Williams is now looking for shelter and hoping to salvage any of his belongings that may have survived the fire. 

Williams set up a GoFundMe to help relocate and hire an attorney. Click here if you would like to donate.

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