Fire Kills 2, Leaves Several Others Homeless

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(Memphis) Fire investigators are looking into what caused a deadly early morning apartment fire that killed two and left a handful of people homeless.

The fire happened in The Parkway Village area near Goodlett and Winchester.

People living in the Wingwood Manor Apartments spent the morning carrying in their arms what they could salvage from a deadly early morning fire.

Flames and smoke killed two people and left nearly a half-dozen more homeless in a building now with shattered windows and melted siding.

No one living here wanted to go on camera.

But News Channel 3 caught up with a woman who woke up to a 4a.m. phone call from her grandson's mother.

“She said,’ hey the place Is on fire, come and get the children, come and get the children,” said the unidentified grandmother.

The grandmother rushed to the complex, she noticed firefighters trying to revive someone on the ground.

“I just started crying because I`m like, ‘Oh my God,’ I knew this was her unit and I didn't know who it was,” said the grandmother.

It wasn't the woman's 5-year-old grandson, it was one of the men who lived inside the apartment where the fire started.

He died.

We're told another man also died in that same home.

The grandmother is thankful everyone else got out safely, including a deaf neighbor. Neighbors banged on her door as the fire swept through.

“She couldn't hear, but she felt the vibration and was afraid,’ said the grandmother.

Even though the surviving victims are thankful they are unharmed, the families say picking up and starting over is difficult.

“She's a single mom and she struggles to do what she does,” expressed the grandmother.

For now, the Red Cross is helping out all the families.

Firefighters have not identified the two people killed in the fire.

1 Comment

  • Thomas H. Evans

    So, do you still think it’s a good idea to take fire trucks out of service? How is this decided in terms of location these trucks will be pulled from? How much money is actually saved when doing this, or is this just another one of those actions to look good in the media?

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