Fire survivors thank Memphis community

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) -  It was one month ago this Saturday that five children, a teenager and a woman lost their lives in a house fire in Memphis' Orange Mound neighborhood. Members of the Poole family, including two children who survived the fire, publicly thanked the people of Memphis for their unwavering support.

Amid the joyful dancing, honking horns and lively thunder of beating drums at Saturday's Orange Mound Parade, a new chapter unfolded in one family's story of tragedy, hope and healing.

A four-car parade caravan carried members of the Poole family, there to show their gratitude to a supportive community.

"They did all sorts of things for the family," said family member Deon Shields. "We're just showing our support, participating in the parade for Orange Mound."
On August 16, 38-year-old Melissa Poole perished in the blaze with six other members of her family: 18-year-old son Deon; 9-year-old daughter Diamond; 7-year-old daughter Dajanique; 5-year-old D'Shun; 4-year-old niece Arianna, and 1-year-old nephew Rodney.

Two daughters escaped unharmed, while brothers Darius, 16, and DeAndra, 11, survived the fire with injuries.

Their burns have healed some.

"I feel good," said Darius.
The Poole family continues to help the boys and one another through the healing process, and the people of Memphis have embraced them.

"We're just trying to pick up the pieces and go forward," said Stanley Crawford, the boys' uncle.

They family says they're incredibly appreciative of the kindness the community has shown them in their time of need.

"Thank you," said Darius."Thank everybody."

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