9 dead, including 5 children, in Memphis residence fire

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MEMPHIS — Nine people died Monday morning in a Tennessee chateau glow that fire officials called Memphis’ deadliest fire in roughly a century.

Memphis Fire Director Gina Sweat reliable a deaths during a news conference. She pronounced one child pulled from a chateau was still fighting for their life. The names of a victims were not released, tentative presentation of next-of-kin.

Fire officials pronounced 10 people were in a home on Severson Avenue in South Memphis when crews arrived during around 1:22 a.m.

The means of a glow stays underneath investigation, though Sweat pronounced it seemed to start in a vital room.

The adults were identified as Carol Collier, 56; Lakeisha Ward, 27; and Eloise Futrell, 61. There also was an unclear 18-year-old man. Five children were killed trimming in age from 16 to 3.

A red fondle lorry and partial of a bike remained inexperienced by a glow on a porch of a burnt house.

Collier called 911. But by a time glow crews arrived, 11 people were trapped.

Neighbors pronounced firefighters pulled victims from a one-story section chateau and laid them on a grass.

“I’ve never seen firemen cry, though they were bawling like babies when they brought a children out,” pronounced Firid Shoundra Hampton, whose family lives subsequent door. “We’ve all lived over here for 40 years and we are only devastated.”

Mary Whitmore, Collier’s sister, stood on a path outward a chateau crying.

“She always attempted to assistance everybody,” pronounced Whitmore. “I can’t trust this.”

Whitmore pronounced her sister had lived in a chateau with friends for a final few years.

Eloise Futrell was grandmother to a children who died.

“They are all gone,” pronounced Futrell’s niece, Elisa Weathersby. “Our hearts are ripped in two.”

Futrell’s family walked around a burnt chateau and saw potion knocked out of one window. The family pronounced a children’s father left to go to a store and when he came back, he saw a pell-mell scene.

According to skill records, a six-room, section veneer chateau was built in 1972 and was value $27,700.

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