Collierville fire kills two adults and a child - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Collierville fire kills two adults and a child

Laura Jones lost her most precious possessions in an early-morning fire, her two daughters and her infant granddaughter.

Today she told Action News 5 that she's just trying to balance her feelings of loss with her regrets about what she could have done to prevent this tragedy.

Jones returned to the scene of her personal nightmare in the comforting arms of family.

Her daughters, 27-year-old Cynthia Hall and 23-year-old Leslie Hall, and her granddaughter one-year-old Aliyah Hall were killed when fire tore through their home.

Laura, her son and two nieces escaped.

"We got up and I was gonna go back and wake up my other kids, the two that was in the back with the baby, but I couldn't get back there," said Jones.

She said the heat was too strong and the smoke was too thick.

"I would say the individuals succumbed to smoke inhalation before the flames ever got to them," said Chief Jerry Crawford of the Collierville Fire Department.

A neighbor saw the fire's bright, orange glow from his house, he ran up and knocked on all the doors and windows to get everyone out. Jones said if he hadn't done that, they might have all died inside.

Jones returned home to try and find some insurance papers left behind.

She's haunted by what she thinks she could have done to have kept this from happening, including paying closer attention to her smoke detector.

"We had one, but I don't know if the battery was working or not. I had planned to get another one, but I guess I waited too late," she said.

Firefighters say the fire started in the dryer at the back of the house. This is the first deadly fire in 15 years in the city of Collierville.

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