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(WMC-TV) - All that is left of Snow Funeral Home is a charred frame and a lot of memories, but the owner said it is still open for business and it will stay open thanks to the generosity of others.

"The funeral home served my baby brother when he was 5-years-old, he was hit by a car," said Earnestine Hollimon. "Ms. Snow [original owner] did it for my family free of charge."

The funeral home, which has been in business since 1957, burned to the ground early Tuesday.

Six bodies were inside. Firefighters were able to get them out before flames engulfed the building.

Now, the South Memphis community is rallying behind the funeral home, as well as the family that owns it.

"I'll be here 'til the end. He has my support and my prayers," said Christian Funeral Directors owner Laron Jackson, who got his start at Snow Funeral Home.

Jackson and others, including Superior Funeral Home and Greater Paradise Baptist Church, are teaming up to help.

"It's not a time when we talk about competition. It's a time when we talk about family and coming together," explained Jackson.

Each volunteer is donating space for Snow Funeral Home to hold funerals and visitations until it can rebuild.

"It's gonna be bigger and better. The neighborhood is gonna be behind them. I am going to be their biggest cheerleader and I'm hoping and praying," said Hollimon.

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