A community is trying to come to grips with the loss of nine lives. Three adults and six children were killed in a house fire early this morning in south Memphis.
Tonight, people gathered for a vigil at the home on Severson Avenue, bringing balloons and remembering those taken too soon.
Overcome with shock and grief, those at tonight’s vigil came together in tears, prayer and song. It’s a devastating blow for family of the victim’s and the south Memphis community.
3-year-old Precious Rose Jett, 5-year-old Kierra Jett, 6-year-old Alonzo Ward, 7-year-old Diamond Jett, 9-year-old Ernest Jett, 16-year-old Angel Mitchell, 27-year-old Lakesha Ward, 56-year-old Carol Collier and 61-year-old Eloise Futrell all died after the home became engulfed in smoke and fire.
Memphis Fire Department officials say the fire was started by an electrical malfunction in the A/C unit power cord in the living room.
Carol Collier’s daughter, Delores Deveres, flew to Memphis as soon as she heard the news to help the surviving members of the family through this unimaginable ordeal.
“We just ask that you keep our family in your prayers. Hold your love ones,” said Devres.
“They were the best. They were drop dead gorgeous, the smartest, the most lovingest kids,” said father Ernest Jett.
One child, Cameron Jett, remains in critical condition at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. His grandfather says he is on life support fighting for his life.
Funds will be collected by Helping Hands at the corner of Union Ave. and Cooper St. beginning Tuesday morning. A service will be held Saturday at Eternal Peace Baptist Church.
The family issued a statement saying an account has been established at First Tennessee Bank in the Jett family’s name that will go towards funeral expenses.