82-year-old killed in high-rise fire

Updated: Aug. 30, 2017 at 4:19 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - An 82-year-old woman was killed in a high-rise fire Tuesday afternoon.

Memphis Fire Department said the fire broke out around 1:15 on the fifth floor of Barry Towers located at 255 N Lauderdale St.

As crews worked to put out the fire, they pulled a woman out of the building who had sustained second-degree burns over half her body.

Annie Harris, 82, was taken to the hospital in critical condition, where she later died.

Another man was taken to the hospital and treated for hypertension. He was later released.

Ten people had to be evacuated from the fifth floor.

MFD determined the fire was caused by someone smoking a cigarette while in bed. The total damage was estimated at $1,000.

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