The Memphis Fire Department responded to a second alarm fire at 382 Klinke Avenue, Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 12:38 p.m. Upon arrival on the scene, firefighters reported heavy fire visible from the rear of the large commercial landfill. Firefighting operations began immediately. Fifty-six (56) pieces of Fire/Rescue/EMS equipment and approximately one hundred fiftynine (159) emergency response personnel ultimately responded to the call. Deputy Chief K. Staples was the commanding officer of this incident. A large area of debris, including mattresses and tires ignited in the rear of the landfill. The cause of the fire is inconclusive at this time. As of 10:30 p.m., firefighters are still actively extinguishing spot fires. There are no firefighter or civilian injuries.
The Memphis Fire Department urges all citizens to maintain a working smoke alarm in their place of residence. City of Memphis residents may apply for a free smoke alarm on-line at: https://www.memphistn.gov/government/fire-department/free-smokealarm-application/ or call the Fire Museum of Memphis at (901) 636-5650. Always have a plan of escape in case there is a fire. Also remember that 9-1-1 is for emergencies only. For all other FIRE/EMS NON-EMERGENCY issues please dial (901) 458-8281.
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