Neighbors Help Rescue Victims In South Memphis Apartment Fire

MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) - Three people are recovering, including two infants after a fire brook out in South Memphis at the Longview Gardens Apartments Friday. Witnesses on scene told Local 24 it was a community effort to save the people inside.

 

"When I went up the hallway smoke was everywhere," said Frank Mathis. 

 

Mathis said he was able to rescue three children from the apartment on the second floor.

 

"I had to pick all three of them up," he said. "I couldn't see but I ran out and I had all three in my hand."

 

Cell phone video shared by Reggie Milbrooks and Andrea Wilson show a young child receiving oxygen on the scene.

 

Another video shows Anthony Askew carrying a 26-year-old special needs victim to safety.

 

"I went up there and got that baby for them," said Askew. "I know it ain't my baby. But, come on now, you'd have done the same thing. Anybody out here would have done the same thing."

 

Askew said he didn't hesitate to help the man, adding he has a special needs son himself.

"I did not hesitate, he said. "I did not do any of that. I went up there and I had to do what I had to do.

 

According to Memphis fire officials the fire started around 2 p.m. at the apartment complex near the corner of East Dison Avenue and South Orleans Street. 

 

Memphis Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the fire.

 

"The infant suffered smoke inhalation," said Lt. Wayne Cooke. "The adult suffered burns to his lower extremities. There were approximately 7 parties in that apartment at the particular time."

 

First responders told Local 24 they took  two children to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. All victims are expected to be okay.

 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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