MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – The Memphis Fire Department says a firefighter was treated for exhaustion while battling one fire Monday night, a woman hurt in another, and investigators are searching for an arsonist in a third.
The first fire happened just before 8:15 p.m. Monday at a rooming house in the 1200 block of Latham Street. The fire was brought under control about 8:51 p.m. One firefighter was taken to the hospital for exhaustion and later treated and released. Investigators say the fire was caused by an overloaded outlet in a bedroom. Total damage is estimated at about $60,000.
A second fire happened just before 11:30 p.m. Monday at a vacant house in the 600 block of N. Manassas Street. It took just over 10 minutes to bring the fire under control. No one was hurt, but investigators say the fire was intentionally set in the living room. Damage is estimated at $12,000. They are asking anyone with information on the arson to call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH (2274) or the State Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017.
The third fire happened about 11:45 p.m. at a home in the 3900 block of Timberwood Drive. It took just over ten minutes to bring it under control. A woman was taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation. Investigators say the fire was caused by food left unattended on the stove. Total damage is estimated at about $6,000.
The Memphis Fire Department urges all citizens to maintain a working smoke alarm in their place of residence. Check smoke alarms once a month and change the battery when you change your clocks. City of Memphis residents may apply for a free smoke alarm by calling the Fire Museum of Memphis at (901) 636-5650 or on-line: https://www.memphistn.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=11150816&pageId=12053796. Always have a plan of escape in case there is a fire. Also remember that 9-1-1 is for emergencies only. For NON-EMERGENCY FIRE & EMS issues dial (901) 458-8281.