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Family sent to the hospital after massive fire

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Fire tore through a Memphis home early Friday afternoon, sending an entire family to the hospital.

The fire broke out just after noon at a home in the 5700 block of Heathrow, in southeast Shelby County.

According to a neighbor, Deonna Chatham, the fire spread quickly through the home.

"We heard screaming and hollering and crying," Chatham said.

Chatham's father, a firefighter, called 911, threw on his gear, grabbed a garden hose, and ran into burning house.  But the fury of the blaze quickly forced him to retreat to safety.

"In no time, the house was pretty much gone," Chatham said.

According to Lt. Wayne Cooke of the Memphis Fire Department, the seven people inside the home barely escaped the blaze.  All seven, five of them children, required medical attention.

"They were transported in non-critical condition to area hospitals for smoke inhalation," Cooke said.

Neighbors said the fire started while family members used a stove to cook.  But investigators have not determined an official cause or origin.

"We are still conducting an investigation at this point," Cooke said.

From all outward appearances, the house looked like a total loss.

"I can't believe it," Chatham said.

Firefighters said a smoke detector in the home was working, and quickly alerted residents of the home about the blaze.

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