Man killed in overnight fire at Memphis apartments, officials say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man is dead after a fire at a Memphis apartment complex.

The fire happened at the Deerfield Apartments in northeast Memphis early Monday morning.

Memphis Fire officials confirmed a call about the came in at 4:45 a.m. from 5731 Deer Ridge Ln.

Firefighters reported visible smoke coming from the two-story apartments.

According to a release from MFD, approximately 46 emergency response personnel responded to the fire.

The fire was under control by 5:14 a.m.

During an interior search, fire crews found an unresponsive man in a bedroom. He died at the scene, officials said.

His name and age have not been released pending positive identification and notification of next of kin.

The cause of death is pending the Shelby County Medical Examiner’s report.

Fire officials have not determined if the residence had a working smoke alarm, the release said.

A neighbor reportedly heard his own smoke alarm and called 911 after smelling smoke.

MFD said that smoke detector saved the lives of others in the building.

Firefighter Hunter Smith said, “Smoke detectors save lives. They were made to protect people, and that’s exactly what happened today.”

One apartment unit sustained smoke, fire and/or water damage.

Total damage is estimated at $20,500.

The fire was started by careless use of smoking materials in the bedroom area, MFD said.