TOP PHOTO: Multiple agencies responded to a fire call on Magnolia Lane, off Davis Chapel Road.
LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Caring for patients and battling a fire created a most challenging effort for first responders late Thursday morning. The initial call for help was sent out at 10:51am with a message of a structure fire with people trapped. Needless to say, it was all hands on deck to the scene just off Davis Chapel Road as mutual aid responded quickly in support of the Campbell County Rural Fire Service (CCRFS).
Firefighters knocked down the fire of the single-wide mobile home all the while tending to the injured along with first responders. La Follette Fire set up the landing zone as a medical helicopter landed in a field at the end of Magnolia Lane, not far from the scene of the fire.
“We flew the dad, and the four children went by ground ambulance to Children’s (Hospital). The dad had burns, and the children suffered from smoke inhalation,” said CCRFS Captain Daniel Lawson.
La Follette Fire and Police, Campbell County EMS and Sheriff’s Office along with the CCRFS responded.
A La Follette Fire Unit drove the first responders from the chopper to the scene where they helped stabilize the adult in the back of an ambulance. “There was a total of six people in the home. One escaped injury,” added the captain.
Firefighters say the fire appeared accidental, and that it was a total loss. However, anytime a fire involves injury, protocol is that the State Fire, Bomb and Arson Division be notified.
About 15 firefighters answered the call along with five units. Agencies in addition to the CCRFS include La Follette Fire and Police plus Campbell County EMS and Sheriff’s Office. None of these responders was injured as the scene was cleared by 1:30pm. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/24/2023-6AM)