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Woman found dead in burnt Memphis duplex

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis fire officials say a woman's body was found inside a duplex which caught fire early Monday morning.

Battalion Chief Keith Staples said the fire at the one-story wood frame structure on Hodges Street started around 5 a.m. Monday. The Red Cross was notified four adults and two children needed assistance, according to fire officials.

During a search of a rear bedroom, fire crews found the body of a 29-year-old female, Latisha Young.

Dwight Dockery fought back tears as he looked at the window Young, his girlfriend, tried to break to escape the fire that engulfed their apartment.

"I guess she was trying to bust the window and get out, but I guess so much smoke was in her lungs that she didn't have enough energy," he said.

Dockery said he was at work when fire raced through the duplex his girlfriend shared with Marcel Peters' family.  Peters said neighbors alerted them to the fire and they tried to alert Young.

"We didn't get an answer so we tried again," he said. "We finally kicked the door in, and when we kicked the door in, smoke just rushed out and we couldn't go in. We thought she was gone."

Dockery said his girlfriend worked two jobs and was probably in a deep sleep when the fire broke out.

The cause of the death remains unknown pending the Shelby County Medical Examiner's report. There were no other reported injuries.

Fire officials said it appeared both homes did not have working smoke detectors and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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