2 die in West Tennessee fire

2 die in West Tennessee fire

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UNION CITY (AP) - Two people are dead and one injured after a fire at a West Tennessee home.

Union City police and fire officials told the Union City Daily Messenger that 59-year-old Henry Jackson Jr. and his sister, 54-year-old Lola Jackson Holland, died early Friday in the blaze. Their mother, 76-year-old Mary Jackson, was taken to Regional Medical Center in Memphis due to burns she received while trying to help her children escape. Union City Fire Chief Kelly Edmison said Henry Jackson was apparently severely disabled.

He said a first responder to the scene tried to enter the structure, but was driven back due to the intense heat and smoke.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but officials said foul play isn't suspected.

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