Neighbors, firefighters save people trapped inside apartment

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Two infants and one adult were injured in an apartment fire in South Memphis on Friday afternoon, but the quick actions of neighbors and first responders helped make sure everybody survived.

The fire sparked around 2 p.m. at Longview Gardens, an apartment complex near the corner of East Dison Avenue and South Orleans Street.

Memphis Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the fire.

First responders took two children to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital--one is in critical condition; the other is in non-critical condition.

The children are both 3 months old. They were being watched by their grandmother, according to witnesses at the scene.

MFD also rescued an adult with special needs.

Before MFD arrived, three children were rescued from the flames by a neighbor.

Family members also say a man ran through the flames to save disabled children in the apartment.

"It was a lot of smoke, it was real black. wasn't no fire, just pure black," said one neighbor. "You couldn't get no air, you couldn't make it up the steps. just pure black."

Everyone who was rescued from the fire is expected to be okay.

The fire left a large hole in the side of the building and caused $65,000 in damage.

Investigators say the fire started in a bedroom, but aren't yet sure of the cause.

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