HORN LAKE, Miss. — A family is shaken up after deadly house fire in Desoto County that claimed the life of one man and sent five others to the hospital.
Flames broke out around 6:45 a.m. in the front part of a home in the 3400 block of Castle Drive in Horn Lake
Firefighters say a man who was in the back of the house smelled the smoke, came out, ran around to the front, broke the windows and started battling the flames with a garden hose.
Investigators say he was able to put a good chunk of the fire out before crews made it to the scene.
Just minutes later, fire fighters rescued two women and two children from the home.
Sadly, an older man didn't make it.
Everyone else was taken to the hospital.
On last check, they're conditions were unknown.
Keisha Wilkins lives two doors down.
She commends the man who grabbed that garden hose.
"I believe he was just trying to protect his family and unfortunately, he wasn't able to save everybody," she said.
Firefighters say the home didn't have any working smoke detectors, something they run into a lot.
"It's just amazing how many we find that are no longer working anymore," a firefighter said.
Wilkins says her heart breaks for everyone involved.
"We didn't have a relationship, but it's still sad regardless of whether we had one or not. Then someone passed away, so that's even worse," Wilkins said.