Family searches for landlord amid arson investigation

Published: Jul. 7, 2022 at 7:09 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - One person is dead after a home went up in flames in Frayser on Thursday morning.

Memphis Fire Department said the fire broke out just after 10 p.m. Wednesday night. During the search of the residence on Suncrest Drive, a victim was found dead in the living room area.

But the landlord’s family says no one was living inside the house.

The identity of the victim remains unreleased as officials work to notify the next of kin.

The family of the man who owns the house said they have not heard from him since the fire Wednesday night, which they say is unlike him.

“For him to go missing and for this to happen to one of his establishments, it don’t add up,” said Cameron Keaton, the landlord’s brother.

The family of the landlord who owns the house wants answers after Memphis Fire investigators say the home was intentionally set on fire.

“We’re in suspense right now. We don’t know what’s going on, so we are just taking it by storm like everyone else,” Keaton said.

Zachary Atkins, another brother of the landlord, said the homeowner is a role model to his kids, and he would never leave them.

“For him to go missing—that’s never been him,” Atkins said.

Neighbor Christopher Blake said that tenants of the home were evicted three days ago. The family of four had not lived there long, he said.

“They moved in there for about six or seven months, and I was just being a neighborly person, just to come help them out, cut the grass and stuff for them. They were such nice people,” Blake said.

MFD says there was no smoke alarm in the house.

If anyone has information about this investigation, call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH or the State Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017.

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