Despite recent deaths, fire safety has improved in Memphis - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Despite recent deaths, fire safety has improved in Memphis

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

A five-year-old girl was tragically killed in a house fire on Saturday, October 12th in Orange Mound.

Fire crews say they found the body of the little girl in a back room.  Two adults and another child were able to escape the fire.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire.  Fire fighters tell FOX 13, the house didn't have working smoke detectors.

Gary Vaughn was mentally ill and homeless, but neighbors on Humber Street in South Memphis had known him for years and took care of him. On the evening of Sept. 28, they saw smoke and flames erupting from the abandoned house where he stayed. Several people rushed toward the house and found he was trapped inside.

Firefighters eventually arrived on the scene and brought Vaughn out. He was unconscious and died later at The Med from smoke inhalation.

While both deaths illustrate the horrific power of house fires, fatalities resulting from them are increasingly rare. Across the nation, fire deaths have dropped sharply in recent decades.

So far this year, there have been four fire deaths in Memphis.  If current trends hold, fire officials say Memphis will see fewer fire deaths in 2013 than in any year on record.

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