Four Arson-Related Fires in Two Days

MEMPHIS, TENN (localmemphis.com) - Four homes were intentionally set on fire in Memphis in the past 48 hours, 2 in Frayser and 2 in Orange Mound. It took firefighters nearly 4 hours to put out the flames.

The first fire was intentionally set to a vacant house around 3:35 Wednesday morning in the 1600 block of Gregory Drive in Frayser.

Just minutes later a  second fire was intentionally set to a vacant house in the 1600 block of Brookmeade Street also in Frayser. 

Later that night a third home was believed to be the result of arson. It was in the 2600 block of Supreme Avenue in Orange Mound where at least two people lived. We were being told they were not at home at the time of the fire. 

"It's just tragic," said Lamarrick Butler whose family lived in the home.  

 "I'm new to the family, and I had memories at the house," said Butler.

Memphis Fire investigators say the home was intentionally set in the carport just after 7 Wednesday night.  

Just hours later Thursday morning, a fourth arson-related fire was reported in the 2300 block of Douglass also in Orange Mound. 

"It was a danger to my house. I could have lost my home," said Andre Austin who lives next door. 

Austin says he used his water hose to try to fight the flames until the firefighters arrived on the scene to put the fire out around 8 Thursday morning.

Firefighters say this was a vacant house, but Austin said people were still illegally living in the house. 

 "It's just a nuisance to the neighborhood," said Austin.

Austin said there was a lot of illegal activity in the home including drugs and prostitution.

Memphis Fire Department spokesperson Lt. Wayne Cook says he doesn't believe that any of these fires are connected.

There have been no arrests.


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