Firefighters battle blaze at an Orange Mound apartment complex

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Investigators with the Memphis Fire Department are trying to determine what caused a fire that damaged two buildings at an apartment complex in Orange Mound overnight.

The fire started just before 11 p.m. Sunday at the Kimball Cabana Apartments on Kimball Ave. near Lamar Ave.

Firefighters say the fire began in a vacant building then spread to another abandoned building. One of those buildings collapsed while fire fighters were putting out the blaze.

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the flames under control.

Monday morning, residents were trying to get a closer look at the damage.

"It was real big, but you could see it was just coming," said one resident who spoke to WREG's Melissa Moon. " It was really big. It was uncontrollable, that is all I can tell you."

Some tenants also told us a grassy area behind their apartment was also on fire Sunday evening and fire crews had to also put that out. They said they have no doubts this was intentionally set.

This is the second fire at the Kimball Cabana Apartments in the last two years.

In May 2015, a firefighter was injured while battling a blaze in another abandoned building.

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