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9 dead in Memphis house fire, 1 child fighting for life

9 dead in Memphis house fire, 1 child fighting for life

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Nine people — five children and four adults — died early Monday in Memphis' deadliest house fire in decades, and one other child is fighting for life at a hospital, authorities said.

Fire crews found four adults and three children dead in the home. Two other children died after being taken in extremely critical condition to a children's hospital. One other child remains hospitalized.

The blaze was called the deadliest fire in Memphis since the 1920s.

The wooden-frame home, which has a brick facade and bars on some of its windows and doors, is in a poor, working-class neighborhood of south Memphis. A smoke detector was found in the house, but it was damaged and officials didn't immediately know if it was working at the time.

An exact cause hasn't yet been determined, though it appears the fire apparently began in the living room.

A fund to help the family has been established at Regions Bank, under the name Toots Family Funds.

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