Two-year-old burned in house fire airlifted to Cincinnati hospital

Two-year-old injured in house fire
(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Mid-South is family thankful for their lives after flames tore through their home on Whittier Road.

In the midst of the fire, a father worked to get his baby girl out. He was burned in the process, but was able to save her life.

Kristy Iby lives around the corner and says the smoke was so thick, she could see it from two blocks away.

"Smoke come all down the street, smelled it," said Iby. "They just moved in and lost everything."

Family members say there were four adults and four children in the home when the fire started.

Kassie Lankford was one of the people asleep inside of the home. She says her nephew woke her up in a frenzy. After seeing the flames, Lankford worked to get the children out safe.

"I grabbed them up and ran out the house," said Lankford.

The two-year-old girl's father ran back into the house to save his daughter. Fire officials say the toddler suffered burns on close to 80 percent of her body.

"We're just lucky to be alive, it doesn't matter about the rest," added Lankford.

Family members say the toddler was airlifted to a hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio and that her father is currently in the hospital with non-critical burns to his hands.

There was no working smoke detector in the home and Red Cross is providing assistance.

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