Victims of Sevierville cabin fire identified

Victims of Sevierville cabin fire identified

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The neighbors say there was some minor damage to their cabin as a result of the fire. The neighbors say there was some minor damage to their cabin as a result of the fire.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - We now know the identities of the two victims of the cabin fire in Sevierville that happened early Saturday morning.

Authorities say Ricky Hudson, 56 and his step grandson, 5-year-old Tayveon Temple both died during that fire.

Hudson died at Le Conte Medical Center from injuries suffered while attempting to rescue the family, while Temple is believed to have died in the fire.

"There is indications of where he was during the fire," said Sevier County Sheriff's Office Fire Investigator, Jay Breeden. "There has also been confirmation with other family members he was sleeping with through the conversations they had while trying to escape."

Temple's remains have yet to be found, but officials plan to continue searching in hopes of finding some closure for the family.

"We're human," said Breeden. "We have kids. We have families. So it's difficult. If I stood here and said it wasn't id be lying to you."

4 others were treated for lacerations and broken bones, but have since been released.

The families staying in that cabin unit were from Louisville and Indianapolis. They were believed to be a mix of both friends and family, numbering around 25 persons. 

Neighbors say the fire started around 4:30 a.m. on Saturday and quickly spread.

The Red Cross provided victims with clothing following the fire. Both families have reportedly traveled back to their home states.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation Sunday afternoon.

The fire was initially reported at the Crossing at 1647 Little Cabin Loop in Sevierville.

The Sevier County Fire Department says 75% of the three-story structure was on fire when they arrived. They say not all of the family members had gotten out when they arrived. 

Mark and Jenny Urse live next door to the cabin that caught fire.

"I was awakened by my wife. She's screaming there's a fire next door. I went in for the kids and she went out the front door," Mark said.

Jenny says the family next door started lowering children down the back porch to safety. When they hesitated to jump the three stories, she says she yelled words of encouragement.

"You've gotta jump, because there's no other exit. You can't go out the front door. So then they started jumping."

Firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading to other rental cabins.

The injured were transported to LeConte Medical Center. 

Investigators are expected to continue examining the charred remains for signs of what may have caused the fire.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday at the UT Forensic Center.

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