Fire damages car wash at busy East Memphis intersection - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Fire damages car wash at busy East Memphis intersection

An afternoon blaze sent one firefighter to a hospital and caused extensive damage to a car wash in a very busy East Memphis intersection Saturday.

The fire started around 3:30 p.m. at The Sunshine Carwash on Truce Parkway, a popular shopping area near Poplar and Mendenhall. It took Memphis firefighters about 5 minutes to get the fire under control.

One firefighter, now listed in good condition, received second degree burns from tar dripping down his neck.

Firefighters say it appears the blaze originated in an electrical socket in the upstairs of the building.

Sunshine Carwash owner Mark Johnson says he's thankful for the fire department's quick response.

"I'm amazed at the response, the number of fire trucks. It makes you appreciate your fire department when you have something like this happen," said Johnson.

Johnson says he's never had a fire in 20 years of business, but he's thankful he has insurance to cover repairs.

Johnson hopes to have his business up and running again in the next few weeks.

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