NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Fire officials said an early morning fire broke out at a Nashville duplex that killed five people, including a couple and two of their children.
Officials with the Nashville Fire Department said a two-story duplex caught fire early Saturday morning. A young girl escaped by climbing out a window, but firefighters had to pull three children and three adults from the burning home.
The three adults killed have been identified as 24-year-old Billy Vantrice Austin, 50-year-old Tedarrel Brooks and his wife 32-year-old Stephanie Brooks. The children killed were 8-year-old T'Derrica Brooks and 4-year-old Alexis Brooks, daughters of the couple that were killed.
The couple had two other children, 7-year-old Jasmine Brooks who escaped without injuries, and 3-year-old Tedarrel Brooks Jr., who remains in critical condition.
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"Please take time today to check your smoke detectors," said Director Chief Stephen Halford of the Nashville Fire Department. "There were no working smoke detectors in these homes. We know that smoke detectors dramatically enhance your ability to escape from a fire, so we ask our citizens, please take time to check."
Iowa House Fire Kills 4
Fire officials said four people are dead after a late night house fire in Clinton.
Clinton Fire Department Lt. Jim Sowle said firefighters responded to the blaze at the two-story house around 11:30 p.m. Friday.
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He said the blaze was extinguished in a matter of minutes.
Sowle said the four bodies were found inside. A fifth person survived the fire without any injuries.
Authorities have not identified any of the victims yet.
There was extensive smoke and fire damage inside the house, although the outside of the house remained in tact.
Clinton police and fire officials are investigating the cause. Sowle said a preliminary investigation indicates the cause was accidental.
The house did not have working fire detectors.
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