14-year-old boy charged in fire that killed his mom - WSMV Channel 4

14-year-old boy charged in fire that killed his mom

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC/WSMV/AP) -

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with intentionally setting a house fire outside Memphis on Friday that killed his mother.

WMC-TV is reporting that the teen told detectives that he set the house ablaze after getting into a disagreement with his mother.

The boy has not been identified and has been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated arson. Firefighters responded to the blaze just after 6 a.m.

Officials say the staircase had been torched, trapping the mother upstairs. Firefighters found 45-year-old Gwendolyn Wallace dead inside after extinguishing the blaze. She was a postal worker.

Early reports indicated that the boy's father had left for work before the fire.

Officials did not say what the disagreement was about.

Neighbors say they did everything they could to save Wallace.

"Got out of my truck, ran up the drive and I could see fire at the front door," explained Derek Graham, who lives nearby. "Here was fire on the staircase so I started begging and screaming, begging and screaming."

Derek Graham got the attention of many of the neighbors.

He says they started grabbing bricks and throwing them at the windows, trying to rescue their 45-year-old neighbor.

Fire officials say Gwendolyn Wallace died at the top of the stairs.

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