MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A large fire ripped through multiple condos in East Memphis, displacing several families.

Memphis Fire Department responded to a fire at the Whispering Oaks condominiums on the 1700 block of Kirby Sunday.

“I just heard a big boom, and I got up from my chair and went out to the sliding glass door and opened it. I smelt fire,” said Kathy Poppenheimer, who lost her home in the fire.

Other residents also tell WREG they heard what sounded like an explosion before seeing the flames.

“Residents say they heard a loud noise, and that’s why we’re investigating, trying to get to the root cause of that,” said Memphis Fire Public Information Officer Qwanesha Ward.

So far, there have been eight units reported lost. There has been $500,000 in damages estimated so far.

Currently, at least one family has requested Red Cross assistance.

Two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion but remained in noncritical condition. No other injuries were reported.

“We had one transported non-critical to Germantown hospital. All the residents have been accounted for, no civilian injuries at this time,” Ward said.

Among those now picking up the pieces is Kathy Poppenheimer. She believes the fire started in the unit below her that was being renovated.

“I’ve already been up there to look at it,” she said. “It’s a total loss.” 

Thankful for her family in the area, she says it’s going to be hard rebuilding after losing her home of 10 years.

“It’s terrible, it’s terrible,” Poppenheimer said. “I lost everything, so it’s going to take a long time to recuperate.” 

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

If you know anything about this incident, you are urged to call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.