Fire rips through Tunica County apartment complex - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney

Fire rips through Tunica County apartment complex

16 families were forced from their homes after an apartment fire Sunday afternoon in Tunica County, Mississippi.

The fire shut down Old Highway 61 as it raged.

Charlene Lucero and Marvin Chackelford, tourists on their way to the River Museum, saw the enormous orange flames and thick black smoke shooting into a bright blue sky.

Charlene grabbed her home video camera, started recording, then watched in horror. 

"The fire jumped from one building to another. We were just hoping everyone would be okay," said Chackelford.

There were no injuries in the blaze.

Tunica County investigators are still trying to figure out how the fire started.

Officials said the home video footage would be useful as they investigated the blaze.  Investigators said the fire started on one of the upper floors in the upper apartments.

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