Fire victims remembered with painted mural - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Fire victims remembered with painted mural

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

The 10 victims of a deadly South Memphis fire were remembered with a special tribute to their loved ones.

For the first time, first responders of the devastating house fire that killed seven children and three adults opened up about that painful day.

The murals and paintings were created by the Boys and Girls Club. They were not only there to say thank you to the fire fighters, but also to remember the 10 lives lost in the Severson Street fire in September.

The red and orange glow of flames in the paintings took Veronica Trammell back to the early morning hours standing on Severson street nearly a month ago.

Click here for pictures of the mural.

“Took me back to the fire. To the fire. So real. The pain so real,” Veronica Trammell said.

Trammell's daughter Lakeshia and grandson Alonzo were two of the ten victims--her pain is shared by MFD Lt. Curtis Odom, who was one of the first responders to arrive at the house that tragic morning.

“Every time I make a fire call now, I will be thinking about those children and the horrific way they perished,” Lt. Curtis Odom said.

The paintings are part of a fall break project created by the children of the Boys and Girls Club. As part of National Fire Prevention Week, they learned the importance of having smoke alarms in their home and an escape plan.

“It could have happened to anybody. It can happen to any of us, you know? So I really appreciate everyone caring and taking the time out, even
the children,” Trammell said.

Pain of the 10 lives lost last month continues touch our community, but the artwork that will hang in fire stations and family members home will carry on their memory.

Fire fighters took home several of the painting to hang them at their stations, while others were made for the families resenting lives taken in the fatal fire.

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