For the second day in a row, Memphis firefighters on a rescue mission pulled a lifeless body from a burning building. They were too late for a 4-year-old victim pulled from a fire Saturday morning. He died. An elderly man taken out of a burning building Sunday morning was in extremely critical condition.
About 5:15 a.m. Sunday, firefighters called to a fire at 3910 Weaver in Southwest Memphis found the elderly man lying unconscious on the living room floor.
Firefighters were alerted to the fire by a civilian who walked into Fire Station 37 on Weaver and reported a house on fire nearby. Witnesses told firefighters someone was trapped inside.
The victim was pulled from the fire and taken to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis’ burn unit.
His name has not been released.
About 2 a.m. on Saturday, firefighters found the dead body of a 4- year-old boy inside the wood frame building at 3659 Winchester Park Circle, in the Summerset Park Apartments near Memphis International Airport. The victim’s name had not been released Sunday.
The exact cause of his death had not been determined by the medical examiner’s office Sunday.
Firefighter Robert Lawshe suffered second degree burns on his face fighting that fire. He was taken to Methodist South Hospital, and released Saturday afternoon.
Eight apartments in the Summerset Park complex sustained severe fire damage, accounting for about $650,000 in damage.
Fire investigators Sunday had not determined the cause of either fire.
Another fire early Sunday seems, however, to have been an arson.
Firefighters were called 286 Bertha in South Memphis about 4:40 a.m. Sunday, and quickly put out the blaze. There were no injuries.
The fire began at a rear exterior wall, and appears to be suspicious, according to Fire Department spokesman Lt. Keith Staples.