Crews battle Wednesday morning apartment fire - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Crews battle Wednesday morning apartment fire

Wednesday morning, Memphis Fire Department crews battled a fire at an apartment complex near the intersection of Alabama and Hamlin Place in downtown Memphis.

Witnesses said the apartment complex was abandoned, and speculated the fire have been started by a homeless person staying inside.  The complex has reportedly been closed for two years.

Firefighters initially had a hard time reaching the fire because of locked security gates. Officials said the building had no working utilities. 

Two people jumped out of the building to escape the blaze.  One was treated at the scene and released, while the other was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

At 7:00 a.m., Action News 5's Downtown High 5 camera could see smoke rising from a building downtown.  By 7:05 a.m., firefighters reported the fire was under control.

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