(Memphis) Family and friends could only watch in horror as the Tatum’s home on Morehead went up in smoke.
Around 12:30 Friday afternoon, the home went up in flames.
Catherine Tatum and her son, 60-year-old son Leroy Davis, were inside.
“I heard him. He called me. He said, ‘Momma.’ He kept calling me,” Tatum said.
Tatum said her son was laying down in a back bedroom, and when she went to check on him, she was overcome with smoke.
“I got up to go back there and see what he wanted. There was so much smoke coming out from back there. I couldn’t get back there. So I came running out.”
She called 911, but it was too late.
Her son Leroy was dead.
Family members were overcome with grief as fire crews tried to snuff out the flames. It took 25 minutes to get the fire out.
The whole neighborhood came out to show their support.
Barbara Bankhead has known the family for years. They’ve lived on this street since 1969.
“When we got here it was in flames,” Bankhead said. “My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.”
The community is in mourning over a life tragically cut short.
“He was just a nice person,” Tatum said.
Fire investigators are still trying figure out what caused this fire.
Friends of the family tell WREG the family was having electrical problems at the home Thursday.