Memphis (AP) -- Memphis fire officials say fire broke out in an apartment building before dawn Tuesday, killing four people and injuring eight others, most of them children.
The fire department says the four fatalities all occurred in the same apartment. The victims were a 40-year-old man, an eight-year-old girl and two boys, ages six and five.
Their names haven't yet been released, pending positive identification and notification of families.
Five other children were taken to Lebonheur Children's Medical Center and three other adults were taken to the Regional Medical Center.
Lieutenant Keith Staples said in a news release those injured suffered smoke inhalation and minor cuts and burns. None were critically hurt.
There was no early indication what started the fire in a two-story wood frame apartment house. It was report at 2:48 a.m. CDT and the first engines arrived four minutes later.
Some residents are reported to have jumped from balconies to escape the flames.
Several apartments were badly damaged in the fire.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.