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8-year-old fire victim's organs will save lives

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The lone survivor of a tragic house fire that took the lives of six children and three adults was pronounced brain dead on Wednesday by doctors at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. 

Cameron Jett, 8, has been fighting for his life since he was pulled from the house fire by firefighters on Monday, September 12.

On Wednesday, family members were faced with having to make the very difficult decision to donate his organs.

Cameron's organs were scheduled to be donated Thursday night. After the donation, Cameron will be taken off life support.

Cameron has been on life support at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. His family continued to pray and believe a miracle would happen and Cameron would survive, but they soon came to a realization he would not make it.

"God already did what was done, and I'm not God," Cameron's father Ernest Jett, Jr. said. "I'm not going to let my son suffer no more."

A horrific accident that has left family members with the big question: why?

"I'm just dealing with a lot of pain and hurt and I don't understand," Jett said.

A makeshift memorial has been set up outside the home where the fire happened. Lots of balloons, teddy bears, and toys reflect the love shown for the family and those who lost their lives in this deadly fire.

Community members who didn't even know the family have been grieving, supporting, and touched by what happened.

"My heart was broken because I realized it could have been me or my family," Randy Smith said. "It's hard when you lose one person in the family, but when you lose the whole family--that's tragic."

A plethora of people have been by the family's side since the tragedy.

"Just barbecuing, showing my love, and giving my condolences to the family," Robert Tipton said.

The support from the community is something Jett said he needs and appreciates.

How to donate

You can donate to the "Ernest Jett Jr. Family Benefit Fund" at any SunTrust Bank. Shelby County School also set up a fundraiser for the family at this website.

911 call timeline

The fire response to the home was a speedy one. A 911 call the night of the fire revealed new information from the events that occurred on that deadly night. Out of respect for the family and per the city's request, WMC Action News 5 chose not to air the 911 calls. 

Here is a timeline of events that the calls revealed:

1:21:24 a.m. - 911 call placed
1:21:27 a.m. - 911 call answered by Memphis Police Department
1:21:35 a.m. - call transferred to Memphis Fire Department
1:21:52 a.m. - call answered by Memphis Fire Department
1:23:18 a.m. - fire crews were dispatched
1:27:21 a.m. - first crew arrives

Firefighters said it took 15 minutes on the scene to put out the fire and pull the family of 10 from the burning home.

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