Multiple adults, children and infants rescued in apartment fire in South Memphis

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Multiple adults, children and infants were rescued by civilians and Memphis firefighters from an apartment fire on the 600 block of Dison Avenue.

According to officials,  firefighters rescued two infants and a 26-year-old disabled man from the fire.

The infants suffered smoke inhalation and the adult had burns to his lower body, officials say. However it sounds like everyone will be OK.

A neighbor also helped an adult and three children to safety.

Seven total people were in the apartment at the time of the fire.

Neighbor Anthony Askew and others helped those trapped by the blaze.

He said he rushed to help because his connection, personal.

"I got a son that's disabled. I wheel him out every morning. Love him to death. I go to work for him. Every day," he said tearfully.

Witnesses said the fire seemed to come out of nowhere, describing what they saw when the blaze broke out around 2 p.m.Friday.

"I just saw fire shooting out of the apartment and when I come in I didn't see no fire no smoke, no nothin. So it just like it had to explode or something," said Christopher Matthews.

The gaping hole in the roof shows some of the damage to the eight units firefighters say were affected.
Dozens of curious, concerned neighbors congregated on the street watching firefighters mop up the mess.

In the chaos they recognized things could have been much worse, now they're just thankful,

"It's really a thing when there's children and everybody like, you don't hear about this every day so it's a blessing that they got out," explained Andrea Wilson, who lives behind the apartments.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Those in the neighborhood said they are grateful to the first responders and neighbors for helping out.


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