MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Three people were killed after a fire at a home in North Memphis Sunday morning, and two of them were children, according to the Memphis Fire Department.
A girl and a man were found dead at the home after the early morning blaze in the Nutbush neighborhood, said a spokesman for the Memphis Fire Department. It happened at about 6:40 a.m. Sunday.
Paramedics arriving at the home rushed a boy to LeBonheur in critical condition. He later died from his injuries.
The relationship between the three was not clear.
By Sunday afternoon, crime scene tape and a police car still blocked the road at Bayliss Ave., just off National St. in the 3500 block of Bayliss, where police and fire instigators huddled at a home in the middle of the block.
“From that house—you barely even see the people outside,” said Erica Robinson, who lives near the home.
Robinson said she heard noises coming from the home Sunday morning.
After stepping out to the store, she returned to find she needed a police escort to get home and past the crime scene tape.
Investigators said the residence did not have a working smoke alarm.
The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time, but officials say if you have any information on this accident, contact the State Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017.
“The fact that children were involved is an especially aggravating factor,” Robinson said. “It terrifies me. Not to know the age at the moment, and if the child may wake up with no parents was difficult.”
Margaret Taylor lives behind the home that burned.
“It’s scary, especially with it being so close to home,” Taylor said.
Fire investigators have not yet determined how the fire started.
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