MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fire investigators are looking into an early morning fire in North Memphis that destroyed one home and damaged two others.
The fire broke out in the 900 block of Olympic Street just after 7 a.m. Wednesday.
Firefighters say the fire started inside one house, completely destroying the building.
Neighbors came to the rescue when the fire spread to a duplex next door.
Kevin Bridgeforth was taking out his trash when he noticed the vacant house two doors down from him engulfed in flames. He and several other neighbors ran to the duplex next to it that was also on fire.
“We were yelling and screaming, ‘Lady, your house is on fire. Get out of the house. Wake up, wake up,'” Bridgeforth said.
Joyce Talley ran out of her house with just the clothes on her back and was shocked to see the inferno so close to her home.
Firefighters were able to put the fire out before it did any real damage to her home.
Talley says she’s grateful to the neighbors who jumped in to help.
“I thank God for them because they didn’t have to save me,” Talley said.
The fire also spread to another vacant house on the other side, but caused only minor damage to the siding.
No word yet on what started the fire.