KFD: 1 child dead, 3 hospitalized following South Knoxville house fire

Crews with the Knoxville Fire Department responded to a fire Monday afternoon on the 1600 block of Lenland Avenue.
KFD: 1 child dead, 3 hospitalized following South Knoxville house fire
Published: Jun. 6, 2022 at 2:23 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 7, 2022 at 11:10 AM EDT
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South Knoxville Fire Update

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Posted by WVLT on Tuesday, June 7, 2022

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - One child died in a South Knoxville house fire Monday, according to Knoxville Fire Department Assistant Chief Mark Wilbanks. The fire happened on the 1600 block of Lenland Avenue around 2 p.m., and hospitalized three other children and killed four dogs.

The other children remain hospitalized in critical condition, according to the Knoxville Fire Department.

Upon arrival, firefighters were met with heavy fire from the back of the home, a report from the KFD said. The first crews on the scene were pushed back from the fire when they attempted to go inside; however, as additional crews arrived, they were able to gain entry.

According to officials, once inside, firefighters rescued two injured kids trapped inside the home.

A KFD spokesperson said two others, who weren’t trapped, were also injured in the fire. In all, the four children, including the one who died, were considered in critical condition and transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center via AMR, Wilbanks said.

Wilbanks told WVLT News that seven people lived in the home, and six were home at the time of the fire. While the home appeared to have working smoke alarms, it was deemed a total loss after crews fought the flames for two hours.

Mayor Indya Kincannon shared a statement following the news.

American Red Cross will assist the displaced family, according to Wilbanks. Fire investigators will lead a continuing investigation into the fire. In the meantime, the family has set up a GoFundMe to help purchase supplies like clothes and diapers.

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