MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A woman and her child were killed in a house fire in Memphis, and investigators are working to figure out how it started.
The fire was reported around 1:30 a.m. Saturday in the 5900 block of Parktree Cove.
A red rose and an orange toy car sat in the doorway just hours after Ciera Gooch and her son, London, died in the house fire.
“It was a bunch of police cars, firefighters, ambulance,” Latrice Harris said.
Neighbors said nothing seemed out of the ordinary before the house went up in flames.
“I didn’t hear anything last night,” Pam Harris said.
Firefighters found London in the living room and his mother in the back bedroom.
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“About time they did get her out, they brought her out and set her in the yard and tried to bring her back and it didn’t work,” Pam Harris explained.
The mother and son were pronounced dead at the hospital.
“It’s so sad. I see him up playing in the cove all of the time,” Latrice Harris said.
Ciera is described as a good mother who loved to do makeup and nails.
Her aunt said she had a passion for cooking as her now-burned stove sat in the driveway.
“They said that actually the smoke detectors in the house was working,” Pam Harris said.
The medical examiner is working to determine the exact cause of death as family members are now forced to plan a funeral.
“It’s crazy when you can just see people everyday and speak to them. Then at one point they’re here and the next point they’re gone,” Pam Harris said.
Investigators said the fire started in the kitchen and caused several thousand dollars worth of damage.
It was still unclear on Saturday exactly how the fire started.