Residents flock to site of fatal fire - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

Residents flock to site of fatal fire

From all across Memphis, people flocked Monday to 862 Baltimore Street, the scene of a fire Saturday morning that left seven dead.  There, people from all walks of life tried to do something - anything - to help out a family that's lost so much.

Phyllis Hill of Raleigh donated $20 to a fund set up for the Poole family.

"I don't know them, but when I heard about it on the news, I called my mom...It did something to me when I heard that it was seven," Hill said.

Shirley Thorton visited from southwest Memphis to see if her thrift store could donate anything.

"The death of the kids and their mom, and the son heard from news returned trying to save someone or everybody.  3:15>

Deon Shields a brother to one of the victims and uncle to others said he was overwhelmed by the love.
"Coming through, driving, saying 'We love ya'll. We praying for ya'll.'  That means a lot," he said.

Shields said he talked to one of the surviving victims, Darius Poole, at The Med Monday morning.

"We know he's going to pull through with his family friends and loved ones," He said.

Shields says De'Andra Poole is ready to get out of the hospital.

"She said, 'Uncle Deon, I'm ready to come home. I'm tired," Shields said.

But with the house burned down, home will no longer be on Baltimore Street.

Late Monday afternoon, Darius Poole remained in fair condition at The MED, while De'Andra Poole was in good condition at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center.

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