Mother, 4 children lose home, 4 firefighters injured on duty - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mother, 4 children lose home, 4 firefighters injured on duty

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A widow with four children suffered more devastation Friday when her home burned to the ground.

"I was getting ready for work," neighbor Tresa Whitehorn said. "I was in my towel, came outside because I saw smoke that was billowing out."

Whitehorn said she saw smoke coming from an upstairs window of her neighbor's house, so she rushed over and knocked on the doors. When no one answered, she ran to another neighbor's house.

The homeowner, who was too devastated to talk about what happened, was not at home when the fire started. Neither were her children. 

"It's the worst day of my life, because I have to see her lose her home that she struggled so hard to keep," the homeowner's mother, Nancy Foulks, said.

The homeowner lost her husband to cancer five years ago.

Neighbors say it's hard to imagine one person could go through so much tragedy.

The fire also took its toll on some of the firefighters.

Four firefighters sustained injuries in the fire: one tore his rotator cuff, two burned their faces, while another had to go to the hospital with dangerously high blood pressure.

"I thank God for the firemen. Most of all, I thank God for the neighbors for calling, and I just thank God my daughter and four grand babies were not injured," Joe Foulks said.

"I want to tell them [the firefighters] thank you for what they did, and I would also like to tell them I hope they get better," Nancy Foulks said.

Shelby County Fire Department investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the fire. Meanwhile, the family now must pick up what is left of their lives.

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