Remembering the fire victims - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Andrew Douglas

Remembering the fire victims

Hundreds of friends, family and community members gathered at the family center of Greater Hope Baptist Church Friday night to remember the victims of last weekend's tragic fire in Orange Mound.

One of the worst fires in Memphis history took the lives of seven members of  the Poole family, including five young children.

The service was to honor their lives, grieve their deaths, and tell the survivors that their community supports them.    

Everyone who attended the memorial service, even those who didn't know the Poole family, became emotional at the sight of seven caskets of various sizes lined up at the front of the room.

"Just a whole lot of love... just unspeakable," said Calvin Crawford, Melissa Poole's brother.

"You have people just loving on one another."

One of the most emotional moments of the service happened when 17-year-old Daruis Poole, a survivor of the fire, showed up with bandages and burns on his hand, arms and face, and sat and reflected next to the caskets of his mother, siblings and cousins.

When Darius hugged the casket, there wasn't a dry eye in the room.
"Considering what's going on, he's doing really good," said Crawford. "He's been complimented so well. The doctors and the nurses there at the hospital have said that they have never in their life seen a young man such mannered as he, due to the circumstances." 

Funeral services for all seven victims, open to the public, will take place Saturday, August 23 at noon in the Melrose High School Auditorium.

You can donate to a fund for the surviving Poole children at any local branch of Regions Bank.

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