MEMPHIS, Tenn.– A man is dead and another man is injured after a house fire in Cordova Wednesday afternoon.

The Memphis Fire Department responded to a fire in the 1600 block of Ranmar Drive at 12:30 p.m.

Bill Cupp couldn’t believe it when he stepped outside his front door to see the fire blazing through his neighbor’s home.

“You always worry about, is somebody in the house, I don’t know if anybody was hurt or any of that, but it’s scary. One fire like that can start off something a lot more with the other houses,” Cupp said.

According to MFD, a man suffering from lacerations and smoke inhalation was taken to the hospital after he was apparently trying to rescue another man inside the house.

The victim inside the home did not survive.

MFD investigators were on the scene trying to determine the cause of the fire.

Fire officials said it took extra manpower to secure the perimeter to make sure the fire didn’t spread to nearby homes.

Overall, it took 52 personel and 24 pieces of equipment over an hour to control the fire, which they believe started in the garage.

Cupp gave kudos to the fire officials for controlling the fire in just over an hour before it got worse. 

“They got it done, had all sorts of ladders up putting out the fire and everything, but it’s pretty wild,” he said.