Man escapes house fire near downtown Memphis

Man escapes house fire, damage caused to nearby homes

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A man escaped his house unscathed after it went up in flames Thursday morning.

The home, near downtown Memphis on St. Paul Avenue, caught fire just before 7 a.m.

Memphis firefighters on scene said they were able to put out the flames in about 30 minutes.

There was one person inside the home when the flames broke out but he wasn’t injured.

He spoke to WMC Action News 5 in the aftermath and said he woke up to popping sounds from the fire.

“He investigated and saw smoke and was able to exit unharmed,” Lt. Wayne Cooke said. “We will get him Red Cross assistance.”

MFD battles fire at building

According to the fire department, a firefighter went to the hospital for injuries to his neck and shoulder.

The homeowner said he believes the fire started in the attic of the home.

“It is heavily concentrated in the rear and the attic area,” Cooke said. “If you notice there was a collapse on the roof of this house.”

Fire investigators determined the house did have a working smoke alarm but haven’t determined where or how the fire started.

The fire caused an estimated $36,800 in damage to the structure and contents.

Two nearby homes also sustained about $15,000 in damage.

Anyone with information about the fire should call Crime Stoppers at 9901) 528-CASH or the state arson hotline at (800) 762-3017. Tipsters could receive a cash reward.

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