Downtown fire + Tuesday news

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I woke up this morning to the sound of sirens – lots and lots of sirens. When I was still hearing sirens 20 minutes after the first one, sounding like fire trucks were coming all the way from Midtown, I decided I better get up and check Twitter to see what was going on. A fire was reported on North Second across from Court Square. I got dressed and walked over there. Firefighters were climbing onto the roof of Indulging Spa Services, and a short time later I saw smoke coming from the roof of that building. I did not see any flames. Firefighters were also going in The Apothecary building next door.

As I watched the firefighters from Court Square, I noticed this new addition:

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Two game tables have been added to the public park, where you can bring your own checkers or chess pieces and have a place to play.

Did you like the Memphis Sounds jerseys the Grizzlies had on last night? They’re now being sold in the Grizzlies Store.

Speaking of the Grizzlies, first 5000 at Friday night’s game get a free jump rope.

Don’t forget that the Tigers play #8 Oklahoma in a nationally televised game on ESPN at 4 this afternoon.

A young Memphis woman was shot in the Paris attacks. A care package is being put together for her. One of the members of the Eagles of Death Metal, playing the Bataclan that night, is also from Memphis. He escaped without injury.

Holly from I Love Memphis tried the South Main Sushi and Grill which recently opened in the former Grawemeyer’s space.

Ignite Memphis is set to return this month. Ignite is a format in which 12 presenters have five minutes apiece to educate the audience on a topic of importance to them. Slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds are used in the presentation, forcing the presenters to keep things moving along.

Skarping: The Sport America Deserves combines carp fishing, basketball and water skiing, and it’s good for the environment.

Happy last day to Paul Morris who runs DMC. He moves on to his family business next.

If you have to drive tonight, you might want to check the blog. A combination of torrential rain, leaves blocking natural outlets for water flow, and darkness will make this a difficult night for driving.

Pippin begins its run at the Orpheum tonight and will be in town through Sunday.

Heading out to watch 24 Hours of College Basketball. I’ll be at Blind Bear at 4 if anyone wants to meet up and watch the Tigers.