Surveillance video released of Cedar Mill arson suspect

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis fire investigators released surveillance video from a second alarm fire that caused severe damage to two buildings at the Cedar Mill Apartments.

Those apartments are located in the 3500 block of South Mendenhall Road.

The video showed a man walking through the breezeway and dousing a flammable liquid. He then poured the liquid into a mailbox and a storage area of the leasing office and then set it on fire.

By the time fire crews arrived just after 5 a.m. there was heavy fire visible from the two story leasing office. The fire quickly spread to an adjacent apartment building.

A resident on the second floor of that building had to jump to escape the flames. He injured his right ankle and shoulder, but is expected to be okay.

“I have two kids. It could have been my apartment,” a resident said. “Honestly, I’m at a loss for words. Why would you do such a thing?”

Thankfully, smoke alarms and concerned neighbors got everyone out in time.

Tenants just want to know who this person is, and why he did it.

The fire caused around $140,000 worth of damage.

If you know anything that could help investigators call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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