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7 killed, 3 hospitalized after Memphis house fire

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She added that window bars present a danger for people trying to escape a house fire, though many window bars have releases that can open them from the inside.

MEMPHIS, Tennessee- Fire officials in Tennessee say nine people have died after a blaze burned a home in Memphis. "All those who responded to the scene, along with some of our emergency dispatch operators, will receive that assistance".

It was the deadliest house fire in Memphis, Tennessee's history, officials said. Two more children died at a local hospital where a third child is in extremely critical condition.

Fire crews broke through "security doors" to gain entry to the home, which was filled with thick smoke, Sweat said.

Fire officials had said earlier that at least seven people perished after a blaze enveloped the home early Monday.

"There were some [victims] that appeared to be mostly smoke inhalation, but there were some burn victims as well", she said.

Neighbors said firefighters pulled victims from the one-story brick house and laid them on the grass. Initially first responders reported the deaths of seven people with three children being rushed to LeBonheur Children's Hospital.

The adults were identified as Carol Collier, 56; Lakeisha Ward, 27, mother of Alonzo Ward; and Eloise Futrell, 61.

"Our whole city is in mourning for the loss of much of one family", Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said.

"They could have been simply overcome by smoke and never had an opportunity to escape", she said.

Mary Whitmore, sister of one woman who died in the fire, cried as she stood on the sidewalk outside the house.

Family members said Cameron Jett is the child at LeBonheur. "I ask Memphians to take some time out, right now, throughout this day or over the next few days, and pray for the family members remaining".

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