MFD Investigating Two Overnight Fires

leath fire

(Memphis) Fire investigators are trying determine the causes of two separate fires overnight.

The first fire destroyed a vacant house in the 200 block of Leath St. north of Poplar Ave. The fire started around 11:45 p.m. It was so intense that firefighters backed out of the building for safety reasons. It took them about 40 minutes to put out the flames. No one was hurt. A neighbor says this is the fourth fire at that vacant house in the past year.

The second fire started around 2:30 a.m. at the Huntington Ridge Condominiums in Northeast Memphis. The fire forced a family from their burning condo. We’re told one person suffered minor injuries. Two neighboring units were also damaged.

2 comments

  • Common Sense

    Just like Detroit, the arson of homes and buildings continues to increase. And the saddest cut of all, is the city ” leaders” desire to cut the police and fire departments. However, buying a baseball stadium that has lost money for seven years passes with flying colors from the Mempis City Council. And tax dollars are handed out for Beale Street renovations. Is there any wonder that the working class is leaving Memphis in droves?

    Can you blame them?

  • Nonya Bidness

    I do understand the case of the fire in the vacant house. Vacant houses attract squatters and crackheads. The owners won’t bring the houses up to code and the city doesn’t have the money to bull dose them so the only thing left for the few trapped citizens to do is to take matters into their own hands and burn the place down.

    After all the houses are gone the city composts down the property can be bought up cheap and redeveloped.

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