Five children among seven killed in Memphis house fire

Five children, a teenager and a mother died Saturday in a fire that engulfed a Memphis home, witnesses and fire officials said. Memphis Fire Department Lt. Keith Staples said two teenagers and an 11-year-old boy escaped and were hospitalized in stable condition. The cause was under investigation, and authorities were unsure how the survivors escaped, Staples said. Next-door neighbor Lamar Boyce, who said he was awakened by the victims' cries for help, said two of the survivors escaped by jumping from a second-story window of the burning home. Authorities did not immediately release identities or ages of the victims. Relatives, including the twin sister of the woman who died, gathered on a nearby sidewalk hugging and sobbing.