Family of 8 escapes house fire, loses pets - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Family of 8 escapes house fire, loses pets

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A family of eight was able to escape their burning home in Berclair, but lost everything, including their family pets.

Instead of waking up to a sunrise, two adults and six children inside a home in 4100 block of Vaughn Avenue were awakened by flames Monday morning, just before 6 o'clock.

According to fire investigators on the scene, two of the family's pets died in the fire.

"I was just screaming, 'fire,' to get everyone out of the house," said 13-year-old Maranda Odom. "I was thinking about people instead of my animals and then I thought about my animals at the last moment."

Odom helped alert her family and get everyone out quickly.

Investigators determined a candle left burning overnight in a bedroom closet caused the fire.

The house was gutted and everything burned, but the family said they are grateful to have survived.

The American Red Cross is assisting with temporary housing, food and clothing.

A second fire blazed just around the corner at Kingsbury High School on the football field.  

Firefighters said they saw the fire on Vaughn while trying to extinguish the fire on the football field. The two fires do not appear to be related.

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