11 children, 2 adults displaced after fire at apartment complex


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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A fire tore through an apartment complex in the 2500 block of Ketchum Road. Residents say kids started it, but Memphis Fire says, though they haven't done a full investigation, it appears to be electric.

"I'm so emotional because everything in my house is destroyed," said Nina Johnson.

Johnson says she was just waking up when she saw the blaze.

"I kept smelling something burning, so my daughter went to the back and looked out the back door and she said mommy the people house next door on fire," said Johnson. "By the time I could run back there and get all my kids out the house the fire just spread everywhere."

Sharda Jeffries, who lives a few doors down, tells WREG she went inside the burning apartment to save a 4-year-old.

"The apartment started smoking real real bad and that's when we came outside," Jeffries said. "The lady's little girl was in there, but she was scared to go back in there to get the baby, so I went in there to get the baby."

Jeffries said the smoke moved into the neighboring apartments as well.

According to the fire department, two families have been displaced, two adults and 11 children. That includes Lenore Morris, who says the fire started in her apartment.

She tells WREG she was moving from that apartment to another one on the property because a tree fell on the building.

"I'm lost," said Morris.

Cheree Bridges says it's just one thing after another.

"When the storm came, the tree fell and the tree came through my house and now this," said Bridges. "I don`t know what it is but I'm about find somewhere else to stay cause I can't take chances like this."

If you would like to help the victims, email Kristen Holloway at Kristen.Holloway@wreg.com to get in touch with the victims.


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