1 child dies, 3 injured in fire at Tennessee home

June 7, 2022 GMT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — One child died and three others were in critical condition following a fire that destroyed a home in East Tennessee, officials said.

The Knoxville Fire Department said crews responded Monday afternoon to a report of a blaze with people trapped and arrived to find heavy flames coming from the back of the residence, news outlets reported. The first crews were pushed back from the fire when they attempted entry, but were eventually able to get inside, fire officials said.

Firefighters rescued two injured children who had been trapped in the basement and a total of four children were taken to the hospital, the department said. One child was later pronounced dead, Knoxville Fire Department Assistant Chief Mark Wilbanks said.

Seven people lived in the home and six were home at the time of the fire, which took two hours to extinguish, fire officials said in a statement.

An investigation into the cause of the blaze continues.