Boy who survived tragic Memphis house fire now brain dead

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WKRN) – The boy who survived a house fire that killed six of his siblings and three adults has been declared brain dead.

According to our ABC-affiliate WATN, the father confirmed his 8-year-old son is now on life support after Monday morning’s deadly fire.

Earnest Jett Jr.’s son Cameron was in the home when blaze broke out. It killed six of his other children, identified as Precious Rose, 3; Kierra, 5; Alonzo Ward, 6; Diamond, 7; Ernest, 9; and Angel, 16.

“I don’t understand why, you know, these little precious children, angels had to be taken away from me. I thought God at least let me keep Cameron, but that’s not the way it went,” Jett Jr. told WATN.

The father also says they are making plans to donate Cameron’s organs in hopes of helping another child and saving another family from the pain he’s going through.

“If you got kids, man, or whatever, man, show them you love them and all that. Because there’s no telling what tomorrow might bring,” Jett added.

Three women were also killed the fire. They’ve been identified as Lakesha Ward, 27; Carol Collier, 56; and Eloise Futrell, 61.

Officials have since pointed to an electrical malfunction in an air conditioning unit’s power cord in the living room as the cause.

The Associated Press and WATN contributed to this report.

Related: Officials: Power cord malfunction caused Memphis deadly fire

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