A home along Wellsville Road in East Memphis was left badly burned. Three people were inside, when it caught fire just before 4:00 a.m. Thursday.
"When our crews arrived there was heavy smoke in the front of the structure," Memphis Fire Lt. Wayne Cook explained.
Smoke inhalation led to a 57-year-old woman having to be treated at the scene. A second woman escaped without injuries. But a third person--a man--had to be rescued.
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"He was transported with first and second degree burns to his hands, arms and face," Lt. Cook said.
By sun-up the extensive damage could really be seen. Even the front porch was left almost unrecognizable.
"They've lost everything," neighbor Neal Cordell said. "I mean how do you recover from that? It's just unbelievable to see that."
The fire was so intense, the front siding peeled away, with much of the inside gutted.
"It's so devastating," Cordell said. "Golly."
It is unclear if there were smoke alarms in the home. The uncertainty had neighbor Neal Cordell reflecting on the importance of working detectors.
"It's makes you think twice, you better have smoke alarms," Cordell exclaimed. "You better check them, that's for sure."
"Lt. Wayne Cooke also told FOX 13, there were several pets inside. Unfortunately, two of the family's pets did not survive.
Some neighbors are now stepping in to help a displaced family in need.
"I drove by just to see if I could help," Cordell said. "You always want to reach out to people that way."
The man rescued is fighting for his life. He remains hospitalized in critical condition.
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