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Fire claims life of Memphis woman

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The scene was chaotic moments after a home in the 9000 block of Higdon Cove went up in flames Sunday afternoon. The scene was chaotic moments after a home in the 9000 block of Higdon Cove went up in flames Sunday afternoon.
Battalion Chief Keith Staples with the Memphis Fire Department said investigators are working to determine what caused the fire, and what caused the death of a woman inside. Battalion Chief Keith Staples with the Memphis Fire Department said investigators are working to determine what caused the fire, and what caused the death of a woman inside.
Investigators say they have no reports or knowledge of anyone else living in the home. Investigators say they have no reports or knowledge of anyone else living in the home.
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(WMC-TV) Brianna Ramirez describes the chaotic scene moments after a home in the 9000 block of Higdon Cove went up in flames.

"All I heard was the ambulance coming toward the house.  We didn't know what was going on.  We were just coming back from the mall," said Brianna Ramirez, a neighbor. 

It happened around 5 p.m. Sunday. 

"Our crews arrived on the scene and did find light smoke coming from the structure.  We were able to bring the fire under control in twelve minutes," said Battalion Chief Keith Staples, with the Memphis Fire Department.

Crime scene tape surrounds the home where firefighters found a woman's body inside a bedroom.

"We feel bad because we're really close to our neighbors," said Ramirez.

"My heart goes out to the family" said Aileen Dean, a neighbor.

Investigators say while there have been no reports of anyone else living inside the home, they are still trying to determine what happened.

"We haven't determined the exact origin and cause of the fire.  The medical examination will determine the cause of death," said Staples. 

We're told the home did not have a working smoke detector.

"It's certainly a warning for us if nothing else" said Noel Williams, a neighbor.

The woman's name has not yet been released.

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