By Sandra Rose  | 

Memphis house fire

Nine members of the same family died in a house fire in Memphis, TN early Monday. Six children and three adults were killed in the deadliest house fire in Memphis in decades.

Firefighters received a 911 call at 1:20 a.m. Monday from someone inside the home who said they were trapped by burglar bars at the windows and doors.

Emergency responders arrived 5 minutes later, but it took firefighters 15 minutes to break through the security bars.

They found the bodies of the three adults and four children inside the home.

Three children survived the fire, but 2 later died at a local hospital.

Cameron Jett, 8, is listed in extreme critical condition from smoke inhalation.

Only 25% of the house was damaged by the fire. Most of the victims died from smoke inhalation.

The young victims include 3-year-old Precious Rose Jett, Kierra Jett, 5; Diamond Jett, 7; Ernest Jett V, 9; Angel Mitchell, 16; and six-year-old Alonzo Ward.

Alonzo's mother, LaKeisha Ward, 27, was ironing clothes for the children to wear to school the next day. Officials are trying to determine if the iron sparked the fire which started in the living room.

The children's grandmother Eloise Futrell, 61, and Carol Collier, 56, also perished in the fire.

Ward's mother, Veronica Trammell, drove five and a half hours from Fayette, Mississippi to be with her family.

"I know my daughter didn’t want to leave Alonzo here with me that’s why God took them on," she told The Tennessean.

Trammell called Ward's boyfriend at the hospital and told him to "Hold Cameron's hand until I get there".

The father of six of the children was at a convenience store when the fire broke out.

He returned home to see firefighters carrying the children's bodies out of the house.

"I’ve never seen firemen cry, but they were bawling like babies when they brought the children out," a neighbor told The Tennessean newspaper.

"They are all gone," said a family member. "Our hearts are ripped in two."

The wood-frame brick house is located in a low-income, high crime neighborhood in south Memphis.

Burglar bars are installed on nearly every house on the street.

UPDATE: Fire investigators determined the cause of the fire was an air conditioner power cord in the living room.

A smoke alarm inside the structure was working at the time of the fire.

The City of Memphis urges all residents to have a working smoke alarm in their residence.

City of Memphis residents may apply for a free smoke alarm by completing an
application: SmokeDetectorRequestForm.aspx or by contacting the Fire Museum of Memphis at (901) 636-5650. Always have a plan of escape in case there is a fire. Also remember that 9-1-1 is for emergencies only. For all other FIRE/EMS NON-EMERGENCY issues please dial (901) 458-8281.

Thanks to loyal reader Janice J. for the update.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    So heartbreaking. A girl I'm in a Facebook group with, these her people. She set up a GFM.

  • jussaying

    ugh, well this is depressing. @SandraRose can you please find us some uplifting news sheesh :

  • MsKitty MeowMeow

    horrible.... damn those ghetto safety bars....

  • Linda NaeNae Owens

    This hurt my soul SIP omg my heart goes out to this family so sorry for y'all lost

  • MsKitty MeowMeow

    entire family wiped out... tragic

  • Jen_n_juice

    RIP Prayers to the family.... I hope the father isn't involved since he was conveniently at the convenient store

  • BlaqueEnough4U

    My God, how sad. May God bless over their family.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Where is @LowE? My heart hurts bc I know your city is hurting babes. Damn. This is awful. God bless these folks.

  • SummerBaby

    This is so sad! ? RIP! ??

  • BlaqueEnough4U

    I understand we are entitled to our opinions, but that was kind of rude ... Everyday is not a glorious day and we are not guarantee to the next.
    Mmmm.... carry on

  • scentsychick30

    So sad prayers and condolences to this family.

  • Jusstlookn VIRGOS ROCK

    God I humbly pray for those that lost their lives and Bless the family of those lost lost and prayers to the firefighters that did their best.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Awful. My condolences to the family.

  • iWasteTime

    So sad! S.I.P.
    May God keep all 9 of your souls close

  • iWasteTime

    can you pass that to me please iwastetimez where real Gs mail

  • Jusstlookn VIRGOS ROCK

    I be back later. dis tew murch

  • SummerBaby

    I read on another site that an air conditioner power cord is to blame for the fire.

  • SameoleJ

    Prayers up for this family and God cover those left behind.

  • Ace

    Omg! that is sad.. my condolences and prayers go out to the surviving family and love ones.. Is there no regulatory safety mechanism on burglar bars to open them from the inside?

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Waiting on the petty fukk to start hollering about life insurance. It's gonna be one. It always is. I'm not in the mood today. They gonna get cussed

  • SameoleJ

    Those things have been the reason behind so many deaths....simply because they could not get out. I know they are for preventing children falling out of windows and burglary, but they have been proven to do more harm then good.

  • SameoleJ

    I was one of those who side eyed the GFM (not all but some)....but if they can create them for those killers and clearly deranged people and make them rich.....FUKK IT!! Go ahead and get yours!!

  • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa

    This just broke my heart. Dear God

  • Lisa daniels

    This why I hate bulgar bars. I told my dad when I was younger, these bara aint going to stop a thief if they want in but they will stop you if you need to get out. We have had bulgars since 2000.

  • B.Sweet, Bad Mamma Jamma

    I agree with. I'd rather someone steal my stuff than to lose my life in a fire. Aren't their other contraptions available to keep kids out of the windows?

  • Ace

    like supervision?

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    I'm already hot. I got time today.

  • Yoni

    When I see them, I always wonder "how can they get OUT if need be."

    Almighty bless this family.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Will do. Give me five minutes to find it.

  • SummerBaby

    My parents used to have the burglar bar doors. They got rid of it a few years back.

  • Yardgirl

    Oh no!!?R.I.P.?

  • B.Sweet, Bad Mamma Jamma

    I understand what both of you are saying. I don't think jussaying has malicious intent. Many of us come here to get away from the day to day pressures of life. While something this bad is gut wrenching, we hope to avoid that here. We do talk about the hard issues though but what it comes to something like this... it's difficult and depressing.

  • IZumba

    Very sad. Prayers for the family.

  • SameoleJ

    This was a popular thing back in the 90's here in Philly. There are still houses with the bars all around the porch, like the entire Porch is gated in and a key is required to open it. If you can't find the key, you are screwed.

    And yes, there are plenty of other options, but people get what they can afford, move into a house with those things already in place, or some public housing places use them as well. Depends on the circumstances.

  • SameoleJ

    Yes, that should be the FIRST line of safety.

  • B.Sweet, Bad Mamma Jamma

    Zoey. It's tew early.

  • Str8tUpMenace

    My heart is so heavy right now. May they RIP. Condolences to the family and friends.

  • MzFutureLCSW

    There are to be a switch/gadget that you press from the indie to spring the bars open for escape. This is what happens with cheap landlords.

    This hurts.

  • B.Sweet, Bad Mamma Jamma

    Don't come in here with the obvious first line approach.

  • Gamer?? Chick

    Prayers for all RIP

  • LeBrick James

    I dont think it's about keeping kinds out of the windows. It's about keeping criminals from burglarizing your house.

  • Lisa daniels

    If someone brakes in, its their funeral as far as I am concerned. I am not ever doing bulgar bars and doors again. I been in a house fire before and I was sleeping when it happened. Thank good that we didn't have bulgar bars. I was able to jump put my window.

  • SummerBaby

    I don't think the father had anything to do with this. As I stated below news sites are reporting an air conditioner power cord as the cause of the fire. My kids lost 2 cousins back in the day in a house fire. The adults survived & the kids didn't make it. ?

  • Yoni

    The wood-frame brick house is located in a low-income, high crime neighborhood in south Memphis.

    Burglar bars are installed on nearly every house on the street.
    _________________________
    SO not needed. #overkill #addsnoshockvalue #youneedtocutit

  • SummerBaby

    I'm glad you're safe. :hugs:

  • B.Sweet, Bad Mamma Jamma

    I've never had them nor never lived anywhere they were common.

  • Buttercup

    Mmmkay, yeah. BBL.

  • Gamer?? Chick

    I thought burglar bars were illegal now.

  • Lisa daniels

    Yeah. It was crazy.

  • SummerBaby

    Yeah, I've never heard the kid falling out the window. Most of these folks that have them are one level homes.

  • Yardgirl

    In Jamaica it is a part of every house and the bars keep going further and further inside with multiple locks! When I visit, that scares me as much as the thought of thieves breaking in. Those poor people!!?

  • jussaying

    I'm well aware - however, we only seem to get the bad news reported, I'd just like to see some more uplifting things on the news/gossip blog is all. with all due respect, if it were my family that had passed, I'd probably not be concerned with blog comments at all or reading sandrarose gossip site [or any other gossip site]. I'd probably be grieving and being supportive of my family. if I did read a gossip site, however, I'd probably not want to read about my current tragedy and wish to be distracted from my current situation with positivity and light fluff stories. I also am rational and logical enough to know that past my circle, it would be considered 'news fodder,' and I wouldn't take it personally if someone did not want to hear about tragedy. but I thank you for your perspective just the same.

  • B.Sweet, Bad Mamma Jamma

    Don't leave me babe.

  • SummerBaby

    I think to install, but not existing ones.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    The father of six of the children
    ^^^^^
    In newspaper write up him and his dad are claiming all of the kids. 7 total

    Cameron's last name is not Jett. It's Hollingsworth.

    Ernest was not a V...he was a III.

    Few other things too.

    All of the inaccuracies diminishes the importance of this story IMO. Disrespectful really. Next time just cut and paste the news article.

  • SummerBaby

    I saw that too! ?

  • Lisa daniels

    What you spend on these bars, you can spend on cold steel and hot lead. Ijs

  • Ace

    I thought this too as i was reading it... but i guess that wanted to solidify the reasoning why the house had buglar bars.. :shrug:

    (ps i need a emote lesson)

  • B.Sweet, Bad Mamma Jamma

    #youneedtocutit
    ----------------
    Got to this part and was about to dance. He's not finished with me yet.

  • SameoleJ

    I saw them and just focused on the losses....but thank you for clarifying some things.

  • LibraGirlonly

    Dann! damn damn! This hurts. I hope the family can lean on one another during this tragedy. I hate those bars on the windows for this very reason.

  • SummerBaby

    Exactly! I had to read to write up here several times. It had me questioning my comprehension. I went to the news article for the education.

  • Yoni

    I wrote it to that tune. He ain't finished with me either. LOL

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    I agree.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    But took time out to add this: "The wood-frame brick house is located in a low-income, high crime neighborhood in south Memphis. Burglar bars are installed on nearly every house on the street."

    Which the story alluded to but you didn't have to add it

  • SummerBaby

    I play that almost daily on my commute to work.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Well let's hope folks got sense.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Sent.

  • Yardgirl

    Girl they have those too!! Between the guns for protection and the bars it's like living in a armed fortress!! ?

  • LibraGirlonly

    Oh my gawd that's terrible.

  • Yoni

    Understood things need not be explained. They couldn't get out because of burglar bars. We understand.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Like zero time was taken out for these folks and their life value, to even remotely report it right.

  • LibraGirlonly

    That's no way to live.

  • B.Sweet, Bad Mamma Jamma

    How are you today?

  • Yoni

    I just flip between Rickey Smiley, Tom Joyner and the Breakfast Club. So I get in about 2 songs, 15 commercial breaks, some quick news and a joke or two. By that time, I'm already at the plantation. LOL

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Bars on the Windows clarified that. No need to rub it in. It was a well to do family here that was killed couple years ago from a Christmas tree fire. Grandparents and grandkids. Income has nothing to do with it.

  • Lisa daniels

    I swear if someone break in im turning bleach, draino, and what ever else I can find.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Frustrated. But I'm gone make it.

  • jussaying

    thank you... this was definitely what I was getting at. ofc my heart goes out to them and any family that is stricken with tragedy. however, we keep getting sad story after sad story.. esp after hearing about the little girl that got beaten to death. I'm ready for some good news stories!

  • Yoni

    JUST SAID THIS down yonder!

    Understood shit need not be explained.

  • Str8tUpMenace

    I saw that too, got pissed, but just ignored it. SMH.

  • Lisa daniels

    What plantation you work for????

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Their lungs too small to withhold the smoke. I'm so sorry for yall loss

  • Yoni

    Well damn. LOL A local hospital. And you?

  • Lisa daniels

    That aint too bad. At least you aint outside.

  • SummerBaby

    Thank you! My twins were infants at the time. It was so heartbreaking. When the firefighters found them they were hugging each other. ?

  • Incog-knee-gress

    This too. But my point was she got all those facts I listed WAY wrong... but took the effort to add this in AND embellish it.

  • shun king

    Same scene repeated dozens of times per day due to Barack and his bombs in Syria

  • Miany

    This is tragic..The poor children, the survivors. To know that something installed for security contributed is heartbreaking. Can't win for losing.

  • Gamer?? Chick

    ? sorry to hear that

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Get your ass on someplace. Not now. Right now

  • Yoni

    Da fukk? Did Barack put the bars on their windows?

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Oh NO! Omg.?

  • SummerBaby

    Say RIP & keep it moving.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Girl. Get outta my head

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Wow. Just wow. Did you think that was cute. Sit down.

  • Yardgirl

    It's not!! My SIL has a thriving business and she has 4 of the biggest scariest dogs roaming at night! Pit bull and Rottweiler!! That is why I stay at hotels and visit friends and relatives for a quick "hello"

  • Yoni

    I get it.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Mean hearted sometimes. Smh.

  • Miany

    I am glad you survived

  • Lisa daniels

    New post

  • Yoni

    It makes NO sense actually. He needs to go down in that damn Hilary post with that shit.

  • Str8tUpMenace

    You must be bored as fawk to come in here with that stupid shyt. Find a fawkin job or hobby other than trolling a blog.

  • Lisa daniels

    Yeah. 16 and was scaried to death.

  • Miany

    That is tragic. I am sorry for your loss. I agree, I am not going to believe the dad played a part unless that is shown to us.

  • Yoni

    Right. But they freeze me out year round. Who wears leggings under their clothes and hoodies everyday in the summertime? Anybody?

  • LibraGirlonly

    That smoke can be a mutha. I had a small fire in my kitchen a long time ago and the smoke is what kept us from putting the fire out. I had to keep running to a window to stick my head out because I could hardly catch a breathe.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    RIP

  • ThickyFromPhilly

    Sandra does to much and sometimes goes to far when it comes to tragedies about OUR people. Always throwing unnecessary digs to try to put a negative spin on a already heartbreaking story. Smh

  • GuestSTAR

    SMH, so sad.

  • SummerBaby

    I'm glad you made it safely.

  • https://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    They want to keep their women in bounds.

    http://bit.ly/2cCOAlA

  • Sexy CJ

    This Is Truly Catastrophic..........So Sad............

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    We the muthafukkin USA
    We do what we have to do.

    JUST SO THAT WE ARE SAFE ON OUR US SOIL.

    Show some Respect.
    Go change your name.
    Go change your attitude.

    Go read or watch the news. There was a cease fire there that began yesterday. ?Go learn something...

  • BKLYNS MAMA

    I think a GoFund is warranted in this case...this shyt was something beyond their Control (event though, Auntie threw shade about the security bars). they were probably old security bars that didn't have a release..

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Stupid is as stupid does

    OH ???

  • Lisa daniels

    I get it but I rather be inside then out. No bugs, no smokers, hot ass air, no getting rained on.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    My 2 year old niece sings and dances to that song. Her: cut it cut it cut it. Heard it from her cousin lol.

  • Yoni

    Let her sing her ABC's to it. You seen that video of the lil boy dabbing and singing his ABC's. I'd rather that, than just knowing the song and nothing else. LOL

  • Incog-knee-gress

    I'm sitting here thinking would I still be mad had she gotten the other stuff right, but added this? Bc the story did kinda say it too. But no. I would still be mad. Yep

  • Low E. TUH!

    I SNUCK IN...THE WHOLE CITY IS HURTING FOR THIS FAMILY. FUNERAL HOMES COMING TOGETHER TO HELP...I HATE IT HAS TO BE THESE TYPES OF CIRCUMSTANCES THAT CREATE UNITY.

  • Yoni

    My co-worker smokes......HEAVY. It's in her clothing. It stinks. I smell it EVERYDAY. My room is cramped and it's cold. Not complaining, just stating. I'm blessed.

  • Low E. TUH!

    :POPCORN: I PICKED THE PERFECT DAY! TUH

  • Yardgirl

    Da hell??

  • Low E. TUH!

    -SENDS GOOD VIBES-

    ...YOU FEEL IT YET?

  • https://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    Haha

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Read Memphis. Shouted you out below. Bc I already know how stuff like this goes in cities. God bless yall

  • Luv Pitties

    Yea I hate them my mother has them on her downstairs windows but her neighborhood has turned into a ghetto haven since she purchased the house 30 yes ago.

  • http://batman-news.com Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    This is so sad

  • Lisa daniels

    She dont try to get it off of her?

  • Yoni

    NEVER. She wears the same hoodie in EVERYDAY.......ALL DAY. Like it's a part of her uniform.

  • JerseyMom

    OMG....

  • Genia

    May this family rest in peace.....may the family left behind grieve and move forward in peace that surpasses understanding.

  • Low E. TUH!

    INDEEDT. GOOD MORNING...I'M SLOWLY BUT SURELY COMING BACK TO PLAY!

  • Low E. TUH!

    Cameron Jett, 8, is listed in extreme critical condition from smoke inhalation.
    -
    I HOPE HE KEEPS FIGHTING TOO!

  • Lisa daniels

    Aint no one sais anything to her? You work in a hospital not a bar. Even when I was waiting tables, they told all the smokers where the ferbreeze was. ?

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    This was so heartbreaking to read earlier without photos, prayers for the family members left to deal with the aftermath.

  • SameoleJ

    ..............Seriously

  • Yoni

    Nobody else has to work with her.......but me. It's just us two in this office. We don't see folks too much during the day. So, no.

  • Lisa daniels

    Lysol.

  • Yoni

    Cavicide wipes.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    May God rest all of their souls!!!
    And bless the relatives.

  • KitKat

    Sending the family and friends my deepest condolences....Can't even imagine their pain.

  • Lisa daniels

    ????

  • RespectSelf

    Wow this is one of the saddest stories I read in a while. My heart goes out to the family.

    That's a a lot to take in all at once smh. I hope the one child pulls through.

  • ChocolateChick84

    This story literally ripped my heart in half when I read it. I cannot even wrap my mind around the pain and hurt that the family must feel. And for the poor daddy to come home and see his children's bodies being carried out by firefighters is gut wrenching. ??

  • shun king

    Cease fire not going to bring all them kids back from those hellfire missiles

  • shun king

    So killing a famliy eating dinner keeping us safe

  • shun king

    Reason why I put it on this post because the same way black folks feel about children getting bombed by American drones is the same way the white folks feel when them cops shoot black folks for talking back.the same "hey it not me or my race so no worry" mentality

  • QweenOfThorns

    Wow this is sad af.. .a similar incident happened in my home town high school classmate and her 2 kids and another kid...she left them home alone and returned to the house on fire and went to save them...they never came out. Tough tough situation to handle the whole town mourned.

  • ebonics

    Horrifying! Ive been in a house fire couple years back and its the scariest thing in the world besides a natural disaster. The flames consume everything soooo fast! RIP man oh man what a horrible loss! So sad ...

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    May BE ?

  • BlaqueEnough4U

    I understand ..

  • Low E. TUH!

    THE LOCAL FOX STATION HAD CAMERON JETT ALSO...PROBABLY WHAT THE FAMILY CALLED HIM...INFORMATION STILL SLOWLY TRICKLING. AND THESE FOLKS MOURNING BAD...ALL TORE UP. ALL THE WAY.

  • Low E. TUH!

    THIS BROUGHT THE TEARS RIGHT HERE...SADS

  • Low E. TUH!

    YOU PRETTY MUCH SUMMED IT ALL UP.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    I can't even imagine that. Don't want to..

  • shun king

    Learn the cease fire been violated 23 times and the majority of people fighting never signed on to it

  • Ebbie U.

    We had a housefire when I was little and 26 yrs later, I still have ptsd from it and developed OCD. I unplug almost everything before I leave home, go to bed, take a shower... The boyfriend must be traumatized at just how quick it happened while he was out.

  • Violet Rose

    Does home insurance help pay or is that only for the rebuilding of the home?

  • VM

    Speechless, it's a different type of pain when kids are involved. I am truly at a lost for words. Lord please give the family strength during this trying time and bring them through.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Fatalities?
    What are they reporting?

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Fatalities?
    What are they reporting?

  • Michelle

    This is why it is so important to purchase security bars that have an emergency safety latch. Sincere condolences to the grieving family. Very sad.....

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    Devastating

  • morenYAHdelsur

    This is so extremely sad. My heart aches for this family and for those babies.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    How'd the fire start?

    I try to be cautious of unplugging things as well.

  • Ebbie U.

    I think it was an issue with the fireplace and chimney and I've feared fireplaces since then but I know living in apartments, electrical issues are more common than having fireplaces so I have a lot of rituals I have to do before I go to sleep, leave, shower or anything where I might leave something unattended for more than 5 minutes.

  • Crazy tee

    They need to make those burglar bars so that no one can get in through them from outside but families can get out of them from inside the house, especially in an emergency....

  • BLOODBLOOD

    Why did it have to be noted that the house is in the low income part of Memphis? Is that going to help with the grieve or help burying these people? S hit just pissed me off!!!

  • Antigone Heart

    Some burglar bar models have a mechanism installed through the wall whereas the handle is located inside of the residence adjacent to the window.

    When the mechanism's handle is swiveled the bars are unlatched from the [outside] wall retainer or connection presumptively allowing an occupant to open the window, and exit.

    However, doing the aforementioned might be complex if other factors are considered but as with everything, time is the only unmitigating factor.

    R.I.P.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    God bless them all

  • SpiceGirl

    first heard this on the news...my heart just dropped! May they ALL RIP!

  • hoochie?

    So so sad. R.i.P to that family ?