Morristown baby dies after being trapped in house fire

Morristown baby dies after being trapped in house fire

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The family's home is considered a total loss. The family's home is considered a total loss.
Firefighters arrived just three minutes after the call came in and found flames rapidly spreading from front to back. Firefighters arrived just three minutes after the call came in and found flames rapidly spreading from front to back.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

MORRISTOWN (WATE) - A Hamblen County baby died at the hospital Sunday after being trapped in a burning house.

The Morristown Fire Department says the fire started around 12:15 a.m. at a home in the 2100 block of Brights Pike in Morristown.

Firefighters pulled 10-month-old Briana Hidrogo out of her bedroom window.

Morristown coroner Eddie Davis said the infant had second and third-degree burns over 80 percent of her body. She was transported to Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Ga., but died from her injuries around 11:30 a.m.

Firefighters arrived just three minutes after the call came in and found flames rapidly spreading from the front to back of the house.

"The flames were coming from the front windows here on the structure. It was fully engulfed and the flames were estimated in being 30 feet high," said Morristown Battalion Chief James King.

Seeing the growing fire, they knew they had to get the child out as quickly as they could.

"It was told to them that a child was possibly trapped in the house, so they were prepared for that when they got here," said King.

They immediately went to the back of the house and used a ladder to enter a window in the little girl's bedroom, which was already filled with smoke.

Within seconds, they found the baby lying on her bed.

"The firefighter was in up to his waist and was feeling around to make sure he had a place to get in clear without getting hung up, and that's when he felt the child move and that's when he pulled her out," said King.

Next door neighbor Eric Butler was shocked at how big the fire was.

"We knew something bad had happened and then once we came out and noticed the flames shooting completely out of the house. It was engulfed," said Butler of Morristown.

The family's home is considered a total loss. It was burned and gutted throughout by the fire.

The Hamblen County Fire Marshal will begin an investigation into the cause of the fire on Monday.

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