Note: This article corrects the age of the child who was killed.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A five-year-old girl was killed in a duplex fire Thursday night on Mallory Avenue in South Memphis.
Dominique Adair and Terrance Doyle identified the girl as their five-year-old daughter Destiny. Destiny had just started kindergarten.
“And it hurt me so bad that she’s gone ’cause it seems like it’s a dream to me,” Adair said. “It seems like it’s still fake.”
Adair says she was on the way home from Le Bonheur with one of her children and saw fire engines near her home. She called her landlord who lives on the other side of the duplex.
“I asked her what was going on and she told us to hurry up and get to the house ’cause my baby was stuck in a fire,” Adair said.
Seven-year-old Terraniah was also in the home and was transported to the hospital in critical condition. Three other children were treated for non-critical injuries.
The call came in around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday night.
The Memphis Fire Department said when crews arrived, three children ages 4, 9, and 10, and their grandmother were outside the home in the 600 block of Mallory. They told firefighters Destiny and Terraniah were trapped inside.
The landlord told WREG she tried her best to help.
“I could not go fully in there,” said Kamrin Nelms. “I tried twice but the smoke pushed me back out. In the midst of that, I heard the kids screaming. I heard the grandma, she was already on the floor passed out almost.”
Firefighters rescued the children but were not able to revive Destiny. Terraniah was taken to the hospital with her mother.
The fire department determined that the fire was accidental, caused by an electrical problem, but duplex owners deny any electrical issues.
“No, there’s never been no complaints about the electrical,” Nelms said.
The Red Cross is now assisting the family. The family is temporarily staying at FedEx Family House while Terraniah remains hospitalized.