KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — One child is dead and three children are in critical condition following a house fire in South Knoxville. Four dogs also died at the scene.
Knoxville Fire Department was called to a home in the 1600 block of Lenland Avenue, off of South Haven, where three people were trapped in the basement while the home was on fire, according to Knoxville Fire Department spokesperson Mark Wilbanks.
Wilbanks added that the caller attempted to rescue the children from the basement.
The call was around 2 p.m. and the KFD’s first unit came to the scene. Wilbanks reported that seven people live in the home but six were present when the fire started.
“Upon arrival, the initial engine company reported heavy fire showing from the rear of the structure. The initial crew attempted to gain entry to affect rescue but was pushed back due to the large amount of fire. As additional companies arrived, they were able to make their way into the structure to remove two juveniles,” according to Wilbanks.
KFD was able to evacuate four victims out of the fire and transport them to the UT Medical Center. One of the victims, Delilah Vivienne-Ann Stull, passed away at the hospital.
Matthew Ryan Stull, Delilah’s father, said that she was the most precious soul a parent could ever ask for.
“The entire Knoxville Fire Department extends our sincere condolences to the family during the extremely difficult time,” Wilbanks said.
The fire was extinguished after two hours. Investigation on the fire is still underway.
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Identities of the three victims have not been released.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated.