(Memphis) A Thursday morning fire destroyed two homes in North Memphis and injured one person.
Burnt partially to the ground, there’s not much left to one of the houses on Lyon.
Firefighters say a man living there narrowly escaped before firefighters arrived to knock out the fire.
He was rushed to the hospital for smoke inhalation and a burn on his face.
Right next door, “I heard a whole lot of screaming,” said Donald Parnell.
He woke up to his neighbors across the street yelling to his family to get out of their house, where the fire quickly spread.
“I thought it was a joke at first, but the house was really on fire,” recalled Parnell.
Donald grabbed his brother and mom.
“I had to get out,” said Donald’s mother, Gloria Crump.
The family is grateful they escaped and are going to be fine, but a huge part of their family didn’t make it – the house has been with them a long time.
There were five generations in this house?” asked WREG News Channel 3’s Elise Preston.
“Yes ma’am. I’ll be 36 in two weeks. I was raised there. My mom, my baby brother, they were raised there,” said Terrell Walker.
Now future generations will have to be raised somewhere else, becayse the family says even though the house is still standing, they can’t live in it.
The man taken to the hospital is expected to be OK.
Firefighters aren’t sure what caused the fire or if the first house to burn had a working smoke detector.