MFD: 2 in hospital after fire spreads to several homes in local neighborhood

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Flames tore through a home in Memphis early Wednesday morning, leaving a firefighter and a homeowner in the hospital.

The firefighter was taken to St. Francis Hospital with a leg injury, MFD said.

The blaze overtook a home on Philsdale Avenue in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood around 3:40 a.m.

The fire was so intense that firefighters eventually called for a tactical change. Firefighters could no longer fight the blaze so close to the home, so instead they fought it from a ladder.

Crews said theyfeared the home would collapse at any moment.

“A neighbor called me. I was around the corner. He told me there was an explosion at the first house,” said one man, who did not want to share his identity.

He lives at a home next door to the one where the fire began.

Firefighters said flames leapt from the engulfed home to the neighbor’s, causing damage to the back and side of the house.

The man and his sister escaped with no injuries, but are unsure when they will be able to return home.

They said they’re thankful the fire didn’t destroy their home.

MFD said the fire began in a workshop garage.

The homeowner, a man neighbors said works as a mechanic, works on cars in a garage area behind the house.

“That fire extended to the primary structure. There was a resident on the scene at the time. He was able to make his way to the front of the house. Our fire crews rescued him from the front window,” said Lt. Wayne Cook, a spokesman for MFD.

The man was also taken to St. Francis Hospital with cuts to his arms, Cook said.

A cause for the fire has not yet been determined.

See photos of the massive blaze here.