MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Fire Department responded to an overnight blaze in North Memphis on North Hollywood between Golden Avenue and Hubbard Avenue around 3:45 a.m. Tuesday.
According to authorities, firefighters found one victim unresponsive in the kitchen and started CPR. He was then rushed to the Regional Medical Center in critical condition for smoke inhalation.
A second person inside the home made it out safely.
Fire investigators said nine family puppies died as a result of the fire.
WREG's Melissa Moon was told by two witnesses that there was an explosion before the fire started. So far, authorities have not confirmed that information.
Authorities said the fire started in the den area of the house.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Anyone with information should call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH or the State Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017.