• Firewalls stop fire from spreading through Fox Meadows apartment complex

    By: Jerrita Patterson


    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Flames lit up the dark sky in Fox Meadows as a fast-moving fire tore through several units of the Aspenwood Square Apartments.  It was a sight that nearly paralyzed Jason Allen who was trying to make his way home inside the complex.

    "To come to my home and see a fire again I just had no words for a minute" Jason Allen said.

    Just before 4:30 Thursday morning flames started pouring out.  Lt. Wayne Cooke with the Memphis Fire Department said the early morning hour was a cause for concern.

    "You have several families that are sleep but all of those families were able to exit prior to our arrival," Lt. Wayne Cooke said.

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    "I managed to get to a unit behind the fire to knock on some doors to see and to make sure people were up," Allen said.

    There was a barrier that helped stop the flames from spreading.

    "That unit did have firewalls we were able to get in front of it and confine it to those two apartment buildings," Lt. Cooke said.

    The fire and water damage however did leave two families homeless.  Part of an outside wall collapsed, along with the roof.  Fortunately, everyone made it out safely.

    Fire investigators told FOX 13, an electrical fire started in the attic of one unit and is responsible with forcing the two families out of their homes.

    Sadly, very little inside the unit impacted the most was left untouched by the early morning flames.     

    The Red Cross is now helping the two displaced families.

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