Neighbors kick in door, rescue mother, son from burning home

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Fire destroyed a Westwood home Thursday morning, but two people escaped with their lives after neighbors rushed into the burning home.

Memphis Fire Department rushed to a house on Deer Trail Lane around midnight near West Shelby Drive.

Firefighters started battling the fire from the inside, but had to rush out when conditions worsened.

A mother and son, 72 and 50 respectively, were sleeping inside at the time of the fire. Vigilant neighbors were able to save the people in the house.

"We kicked the door in and while we kicked the door in, our other friend called him and woke him up, because he didn't know the house was on fire," neighbor Larry Dockery said.

The neighbors were able to bring the two to safety.

"We got midway in the house, we start seeing some white socks coming to us. We knew it was her, so we grabbed her and brought her on out," Dockery said.

The 72-year-old woman suffered a minor burn to her right hand. She was treated at the scene.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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