Four children, aged 5, 4, 3 and 1, die in horrific Memphis fire as their mother is out running errands: Father is detained but has not yet been charged
- Four young children died after their apartment building in Memphis caught fire Wednesday afternoon
- The children were just 1, 3, 4, and 5, according to their grandfather, who said the 3-year-old had just celebrated her birthday the day before
- The children’s father has been detained but not charged, after witnesses said he left the kids alone to run an errand
Four young children have died after their apartment building caught fire Wednesday afternoon.
Memphis Fire Department officials say the deadly blaze broke out at around 3pm at a six-to-eight unit apartment complex on East Alston Avenue.
Firefighters arrived on the scene nearly half an hour later, and found the four children inside a back bedroom.
The children were just 1, 3, 4 and 5, according to their grandfather, who noted that the 3-year-old had celebrated her birthday just one day before.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, but authorities have said they detained the children’s father who was supposed to be home with them at the time.
The father, who has not yet been named, told a witness he left briefly to run an errand down the street, according to FOX 13. He has not yet been charged with any wrongdoing.
Four young children, ages 1, 3, 4 and 5 died after their apartment in Memphis, Tennessee caught fire Wednesday afternoon
The children’s great grandmother said she does not understand how the tragedy could have happened
Memphis Fire Department officials say the deadly blaze broke out at around 3pm at a six-to-eight unit apartment complex on East Alston Avenue
Firefighters arrived on the scene nearly half an hour later, and found the four children inside a back bedroom
Another witness on the scene described to WREG how she and her boyfriend were driving down the residential street when they noticed flames and smoke coming from the apartment building.
She said they decided to pull over to offer help, and were told by a group of children that they tried to call 911 but could not get through.
The woman claimed she then contacted the children’s mother via Facebook to make her aware of what was happening.
By the time 50 firefighters arrived on the scene, they reported heavy smoke conditions.
Working together, crews were able to get the fire under control by 5pm Wednesday, but the blaze had already caused $52,000 in damages.
No other injuries were reported.
‘I’m so hurt and sad that all of them had to go,’ the children’s great grandmother told WREG. ‘And this was a sad way for them to go. Four children.
‘I can’t understand it,’ she said. ‘But God, He knows best.’