Family Of Eight Homeless After House Fire

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(Memphis) A house fire in the Highland Heights neighborhood left a family of eight homeless.

Firefighters say the fire broke out around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday in the 700 block of Atlantic Street, which is near Summer Ave. and Holmes St.

“It seemed like somebody was screaming and hollering. I can imagine they were scared,” said Crawford.

Thankfully, the family of 8 escaped,  but the fire destroyed everything they owned. One week before Christmas.

Neighbor James Beard says the holiday horror was all over the family`s faces as they watched firefighters battled the flames.

“How would you describe their facial expressions?’ asked WREG’s Elise Preston.

“Down and out, just terrified,” replied Beard.

The Red Cross is temporarily giving the family a place to stay.

“They got somewhere to get out of the cold,” said Crawford.

It took firefighters about 20 minutes to put out the flames.

Investigators believe an electrical problem may be the cause.

The family which includes children was able to get out safely.

They're now being assisted by the American Red Cross.


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