Woman, 10 kids escape from house fire

Woman, 10 kids escape from house fire

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Firefighters battled flames inside a home in South Memphis early Tuesday morning.

Firefighters rushed to the scene in the 400 block of Lucy Avenue just after 2 a.m.

A woman and her 10 children were able to escape the home safely. The children range in age from 6 months to 21 years old.

Lieutenant Wayne Cooke said firefighters had to be pulled back at one point because the fire was so bad and the structure was collapsing. The home will be demolished.

"I was asleep in the room until around about 12 because I got cold and I went and got in the room with my momma," 14-year-old victim Undria Seawood said.

The family lost everything, including the brand new washer, dryer, stove, and deep freezer the mom had just bought.

"Everything," Undria said. "Clothes, shoes, backpack, homework, books."

Undria and her twin sister Andria are credited with saving the family.

"She woke me up and all I saw was smoke, so I got out of the bed and grabbed my little sister and brother," Andria Seawood said.

The children said they were worried about getting to school on time.

"I was just shaking them, telling them to come on because the house was on fire," Andria said.

Investigators believe a space heater caused the fire.

Firefighters continued to fight the blaze for four hours and eventually called in a demolition crew after the roof collapsed.

The family lost everything, but the twins said the only thing that matters is that their family is safe.

Red Cross is providing assistance for the family. If you would like to donate to the family, click here.

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