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Elderly couple killed in house fire identified by Memphis Fire Department

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A house fire in Southwest Memphis left a community grieving the loss of two neighbors.

Memphis fire officials say they responded to a house fire on West Peebles around 11:30 Saturday morning. Firefighters say they found an elderly couple unresponsive inside the house near the back door.

They were transported in critical condition with second degree burns, but officials say they later died at the hospital.

Fire officials identified the victims Monday as Annie Fentress, 79, and Calvin Fentress, 85. According to the Shelby County Medical Examiner’s Report, the cause of death was determined to be smoke inhalation.

"When I looked up the street, the only thing I could see was fire trucks, police cars," Herbert Jackson said. "The street was blocked off. The police directly in front of my house."

MFD said there was a working smoke alarm in the house, though investigators say they are still trying to figure out the cause and origin of the fire.

"I would like to know what exactly happened to my neighbors," Jackson said. "Went to bed thinking about it; woke up thinking about it."

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH (2274) or the State Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017.

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