Tennessee Fire Kills One Child and Injures Another

One child died and another suffered serious burns in a Chattanooga (TN) house fire, reports the Associated Press.

Chattanooga fire officials are still investigating what caused the fire that broke out just before 10 a.m. The mother of the two children suffered burns and smoke inhalation after trying in vain several times to save the children, Chattanooga fire officials said.

Two police officers, who were the first to arrive on the scene, tried to get the children out after being told that two babies were inside the burning home. The officers were repeatedly forced back because of the intense heat and thick smoke.

Firefighters in full protective gear battled their way into a house, and were blocked by security bars on the front of the home. The house was so hot that thermal imaging cameras were of virtually no use to help rescuers find the children through the thick plumes of smoke, fire officials said.

Both children were found in the back of the house. One was pronounced dead on the scene. The other suffered serious burns and smoke inhalation and was taken to Children’s Hospital at Erlanger before being flown to a burn unit in Georgia.

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