Charred rubble all that is left following vacant warehouse fire - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Ben Watson

Charred rubble all that is left following vacant warehouse fire

A large fire Wednesday at a vacant Memphis warehouse burned late into the evening, and sent several firefighters to the hospital.

Firefighters fought the blaze for nine hours, and when it was finally extinguished, charred rubble was all that was left.
"Due to the construction of the warehouse, it has a lot of heavy timber construction, associated with a lot of brick and mortar construction as well. And anytime you have those frame members plus the roof with the tarring, and we had already faced a partial collapse in there prior to our arrival, so that complicated things as well," Chief Mark Heath of the Memphis Fire Department said.

Heath said more than 80 firefighters attacked the blaze, and seven of them had to be transported to the hospital.

Five suffered heat exhaustion, one twisted his ankle, and one firefighter is still being monitored for heart problems.

"He was admitted as a result of that as a precaution just to make sure that there is no cardiac complication and just to do follow up with him," Heath said.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

Investigators said the building was once an old hardwood flooring company warehouse, but awhile back it became the property of the Memphis Housing Authority.

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