Nine dead in Memphis house fire, one child fighting for life

Pastor Mary Moore, left, hugs a woman outside a home where an early morning fire killed multiple people, including children, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Nine people - six children and three adults - died early Monday in Memphis' deadliest house fire in decades, and one other child is fighting for life at a hospital, authorities said.

Firefighters initially spotted light smoke outside the single-story wood-and-brick home in south Memphis when they arrived about 1:20 a.m. but encountered heavy smoke inside once they entered, Memphis Fire Services Director Gina Sweat said at a news conference Monday morning.

Sweat told reporters that fire crews found four adults and three children dead in the home. In a Monday afternoon news release, the Memphis Fire Department corrected the breakdown of the victims found in the home to three adults and four children.

Two other children died after being taken in extremely critical condition to a children's hospital, officials said.