Children found alone in burning apartment

Update 7/19/2014- The father of the three children left alone in an apartment which caught fire, has been arrested.

Jesse Townsend has been charged with child abuse and neglect after leaving his three children at home Friday evening.

Investigators determined the children were playing with a cigarette lighter in a bedroom.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. –Three children were found left alone in a burning apartment in Memphis a Friday evening.

Fire crews were called to the 2300 block of Pendleton because of an apartment fire.

Three children, ages 6 and under, were alone in the apartment when the fire started.

Contractors doing work in the area saw the smoke, knocked on the door, and got them out.

The parents were called to the scene.

Firefighters say the apartment suffered heavy damage.

Police are now investigating why the kids were alone.

In 2009, two young children were killed in an apartment fire when their mother, Melodia Dunn, left them alone when she wen to the store.



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