Firefighter’s home goes up in flames in southeast Shelby County

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — A local firefighter's family were the ones calling for help after their home caught on fire early Tuesday morning, around 7 a.m.

Pamela Webster and her daughter were the only ones inside the Hedgington Drive home in southeast Shelby County when they woke to find smoke filling the house. Luckily, they escaped in time.

"My first thought was grab some clothes, put on something, and get out the house, and that's what we did," Webster says.

Her husband, who works for the Memphis Fire Department, was already at work and rushed home when he got the call.

This was a particularly challenging fire for firefighters. On top of battling flames, they also battled really cold temperatures. Among the issues, air packs froze and firefighters got tired as they constantly went from hot temperatures inside to cold temperatures outside.

"When you're going into a fire, obviously, it can be upwards of a thousand degrees and it's almost zero out here," Brent Perkins with the Shelby County Fire Department says, "You've got all the equipment on. So, it's a physical, physical challenge."

No word yet on what caused the fire or where it started.


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