Victims of Sevierville cabin fire identified

Victims of Sevierville cabin fire identified

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A crew of about 20 people from several area departments spent the day combing through the rubble searching for clues as to what started this fire that we now know left two people dead. A crew of about 20 people from several area departments spent the day combing through the rubble searching for clues as to what started this fire that we now know left two people dead.
"There is indications of where he was during the fire," Breeden said. "There has also been confirmation that other family members he was sleeping with and the conversations they had while trying to escape." "There is indications of where he was during the fire," Breeden said. "There has also been confirmation that other family members he was sleeping with and the conversations they had while trying to escape."
"Cabins at the Crossing" "Cabins at the Crossing"

By Drew Gardner

6 News Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - A crew of about 20 people from several area departments spent the day combing through the rubble searching for clues as to what started this fire that we now know left two people dead. 

It was a group of 22 people staying inside the cabin, a mix of family and friends from Indianapolis and Louisville here or a weekend getaway. 

It quickly turned to tragedy early Saturday morning when the fire broke out as they slept. 

Ricky Hudson, 56, a grandfather to many in the cabin, was one of the deceased. Jay Breeden,  of the Sevier County Fire Department, says he believes Hudson died trying to rescue his loved ones. 

"It did appear that Mr. Hudson suffered injuries while he was attempting to save his family from the house." 

Hudson was transported to LeConte Medical Center, where he later died of those injuries. 

Hudson's step-grandson, 5-year-old Tayveon Temple is also believed to have died in the fire. 

"There is indications of where he was during the fire," Breeden said. "There has also been confirmation that other family members he was sleeping with and the conversations they had while trying to escape." 

His remains have yet to be found, but through those conversations they believe Tayveon never made it out. 

But officials say they will  keep searching in hopes of finding some closure for the family. 

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

Hudson's body will now head to the UT Forensics Center for an autopsy.

There were four other people treated for minor injuries. 

They all have since been released and the families have returned home. 

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