(WMC-TV) – A Memphis couple escaped their home Monday morning as it was being destroyed by a massive fire on the 1500 block of Willey Street, near Quince Road and Interstate 240.
Two people were inside the home, asleep when the fire broke out around 3 a.m.
When firefighters arrived, they saw what neighbors had come outside to see: thick smoke and heavy flames.
"It got into the attic and advanced through the attic area," said Lt. Wayne Cook, Memphis Fire Department. "There was some combustible material in the attic area, which fed the fire."
Investigators believe the fire started in the carport, where the couple's vehicles ended up burned.
As firefighters scrambled to put the fire out, it spread to the home next door.
"Because of the intensity of the blaze, the adjacent structure also caught fire on the exterior of the structure," said Lt. Cook.
Fire crews were able to bring the fire at the home next door under control quickly. Everyone made it out of both homes safely.
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