Historic Chisca Hotel catches fire

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Chisca Hotel downtown caught fire Tuesday evening.

A witness saw flames coming from the seventh floor, and because the building is so tall, the department classified it as a two-alarm fire.

When a WREG team arrived on the scene, no smoke or flames were visible. The building’s exterior appeared undamaged.

The small fire was brought under control in less than 30 minutes. Firefighters then double-checked the building to ensure everything was extinguished.

No word yet on the extent of the damage or what caused the fire.

A firefighter was treated for chest pains.

The vacant hotel, located at South Main Street and Linden Avenue, is undergoing renovations.

The plan is to transform the hotel, which was built in 1913, into an apartment building with more than 150 units and commercial space.


    • Think before you speak

      The article stated it is under renovations….read carefully in order to correctly understand the information.

      • langor1

        Even renovated it will still just be a brick box, no unique architectural elements, nothing worth renovating in the first place. I agree with the poster that said it would have improved downtown for it to have burned to the ground and it certainly would have saved more wasted tax dollars on that boondoggle project. I don’t think anyone is suffering from lack of understanding… except possibly you.

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