Fire reignites at Madisonville home where child died

Source: WVLT

MADISONVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Monroe County dispatchers said fire crews were called around 6 a.m. Wednesday when a home caught fire for a second time.

Crews asked that the public avoid the area to allow firefighters to work safely.

The home located in the 1200 block of Lincoln Drive is currently under investigation after a child died in a fire there on Monday.

Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said they are working to learn the cause of the deadly fire.

TBI investigators said the body of a child was found in the home. Officials said the body would be transported to the Knox County Regional Forensic Center for an autopsy.

The victim's identity is not being released at this time as the investigation remains active and ongoing.

Neighbors said several children lived with extended family at the home that caught fire. They also describe their street as a place where lots of neighborhood children play together and people look out for one another.

"When one of my kids ran in the house and they smelled smoke, we took off running, we didn't even hesitate," said Nathan Ogle, who lived just a few doors down from the fire. Ogle said he had grown up knowing some of the adults who lived in the home.

Ogle, Moore and other neighbors described a neighborhood effort to give shelter to various children and adults when they had to escape the burning house.

Ogle said, "We ran. Luckily, the neighbors that were closer, they got there. And we thought that everybody was accounted for. And later, moments later, we let the firefighters know there was one missing. That's when they went into a rescue mode."

Officials with the Madisonville Fire-Rescue asked the public to "please remember the family effected by this call."

"We ask that you be respectful of the family that suffered the loss and our responders as they deal with this tragedy," the Madisonville Fire-Rescue said on Facebook.

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