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Several People Perish in Memphis' Deadliest House Fire in Decades


"It's a very sad day. We are all in mourning."

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Nine people — five children and four adults — died early Monday in Memphis' deadliest house fire in decades, and one other child is fighting for life at a hospital, authorities said.

Firefighters initially spotted light smoke outside the single-story wood-and-brick home in south Memphis when they arrived about 1:20 a.m. but quickly encountered heavy smoke inside after they entered, Memphis Fire Services Director Gina Sweat said.

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