KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Family members are mourning the deaths of a 100-year-old woman and her son who died in a house fire Saturday in East Knoxville.
One person died at the scene on North Kyle Street. The other died later at a local hospital, according to the Knoxville Fire Department.
A KFD spokesperson said Monday the fire appeared to be accidental in nature.
Linda Riddle said she lost her 100-year-old mother, Frankie Arnez Riddle, in the fire. Riddle’s brother, Michael, also died.
“They’re in heaven now you know, no more pain,” said Linda Riddle. “Just… people need to come together. Love each other.”
“They will be missed by the whole family but there’s nothing we can ever take from Gods plan,” said Linda Riddle.
Balloons from a recent birthday party for Frankie Riddle were still flying at the home.
“My granny was full of life, you know?” said grandson Thomas Soloman, as he began to cry.
Not only did Thomas Soloman and and Caleaf Davis lose a grandmother, but they also lost an uncle.
“Mike was cool man,” Soloman said. “He was my people. I love them both.”
Caleaf Davis, another grandson, added, “I loved her and she loved everybody. You can’t find a picture without her not having a smile on her face, and my Uncle Michael was the same.”
Now they are left with more questions than answers.
“This ain’t how she was suppose to go,” Soloman said. “I feel like she had more years left, ya know, and my uncle man, they just told me he had cancer but he didn’t have to die neither.”
Family members are asking for prayers from the public.
Captain DJ Corcoran with the Knoxville Fire Department said the fire remains under investigation.