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4 Memphis firefighters hurt when wall collapses

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A commercial building burns near downtown Memphis, Tenn., on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Officials say four Memphis firefighters were rescued from the burning building after a wall collapsed on them.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Officials say four Memphis firefighters were rescued from a burning building after a wall collapsed on them.

Memphis Fire Department spokesman Wayne Cooke said crews were called to a two-alarm blaze at a commercial building south of downtown Saturday afternoon. The fire sent heavy plumes of smoke into the air and created a strong odor in the area, which contains a mix of commercial and residential buildings near train tracks.

Cooke says firefighters were inside the building when an exterior wall collapsed, trapping them. Four were taken to hospitals with undisclosed injuries that Cooke said were not life-threatening.

The fire was brought under control in about a half-hour. The cause is under investigation.

Cooke said it was not immediately clear what purpose the building served.

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