Three killed in two separate Hamblen County fires

4-year-old boy, 2 adults killed in separate Hamblen County fires

Posted: Updated: Oct 26, 2013 11:15 PM
A man and his 4-year-old grandson were killed after a fire broke out at a home Saturday along Spencer Hale Road in Morristown. A man and his 4-year-old grandson were killed after a fire broke out at a home Saturday along Spencer Hale Road in Morristown.
(Source: Family) Officials say that Willie Jarnigan, 74, and his 4-year-old grandson Isaiah were killed in a house fire overnight in Morristown. (Source: Family) Officials say that Willie Jarnigan, 74, and his 4-year-old grandson Isaiah were killed in a house fire overnight in Morristown.

MORRISTOWN (WATE) – Three people are dead as the result of two fires early Saturday morning in Hamblen County.

According to the Hamblen County Sheriff's Office, the first fire occurred just after midnight at a home on Spencer Hale Road in Morristown.

Officials say that Willie Jarnigan, 74, and his 4-year-old grandson Isaiah were killed in the blaze. The two succumbed to smoke inhalation, according to investigators. Isaiah's father was also in the home at the time of the fire, but he was able to escape safely.

"It was fully engulfed. He was panicking. Other than that, it was chaos," said Spencer Seals, a neighbor.

"I can't even describe the feeling I felt last night knowing they were inside, and I was out and running around and there was nothing I can do," said neighbor Chad Milsaps.

State Fire Marshal's officials have been called in to further investigate the cause of that fire. They believe it is suspicious. Investigators have questioned the father, but they do not believe he is a suspect.

Another fire was reported some two hours later at Cedar Creek Drive in Russellville. In that fire, Rose Green, 61, succumbed to her injuries. Investigators say smoke inhalation killed her. A cause has not yet been determined, but Sheriff Esco Jarnagin says the woman was a smoker and had an oxygen tank.

Hamblen County officials say they do not believe the two fires to be related, but they say it's a sad day for the community.

"We found her beloved dog underneath her bed. It's not a good night for Hamblen County," said Sheriff Esco Jarnagin.

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