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Family remembers 5-year-old girl killed in house fire

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(WMC-TV) - Memphis Fire investigators are working to figure out what caused the house fire that killed a 5-year-old girl in South Memphis early Saturday morning.

It happened just after midnight on the 2200 block of Riley Alley near the intersection of Airways Boulevard and Lamar Avenue.

Investigators said the body of the little girl was found in a back bedroom inside the home.

Her grandfather, Dave Isom, made clear he believes his son did everything he could to save his grandchild.

"My son, he tried everything that he could to get in there and get her. But, it was too much for him," exclaimed Isom.

His last memory of Mya was of her enjoying her bike.

"She had a great time on it. Just a couple days ago, she was out here playing with the rest of them not even three days ago," stated Isom.

Mya died when her house on Riley Ally went up in flames just after midnight Saturday. Her stepfather, Joey Mims, remembered her screams.

"I woke up and ran to the room because she was screaming telling me, 'Help me, help me,'" said Mims.

Mims tried to save her.

"I looked and it was like half the room was engulfed in flames," declared Mims.

Isom is confident his family can get through this.

"Ain't no way we can get her back but pray and try to get through this. We'll get through it but we won't overcome it," continued Isom.

The Red Cross is providing the family with a place to stay.

Memphis Fire Department stated there was not a working smoke detector in the home.

Mya's mother, stepfather, and brother all escaped unharmed from the fire.

Memphis firefighters wants you to know you do qualify for a free smoke detector. Click here to find out how to obtain your's: http://www.cityofmemphis.org/Government/PublicWorks/CodeEnforcement/SmokeDetectorRequestForm.aspx

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