South Memphis Men Escape Burning Home
(Memphis) A South Memphis man and his uncle are lucky to be alive after escaping from their burning home without injury.
The fire broke out around 3:15 a.m. Friday in the 1600 block of East Alcy Road — near the old Memphis Defense Depot.
Witnesses say the two men were able to get out before firefighters arrived — because the nephew smelled smoke and had time to wake up his uncle.
Fire investigators believe a faulty air conditioning unit caused the fire — which heavily damaged the home.
Memphis firefighters also worked two other fire scenes early Friday morning.
A home in the 1000 block of North Claybrook caught fire around 3 a.m.
No one was home and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Then around 3:45 a.m., firefighters put out a small fire on the roof of the Harmony Park Apartments on Steve Road east of Prescott.
The fire caused little damage — but tenants were evacuated as a precaution.