South Memphis Men Escape Burning Home

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(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.