HENRY COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Five family members, including three children, were killed in a house fire in Henry County late Thursday night, while two young girls survived.
It happened at a home on Highway 119, near the Kentucky state line, around 11:50 p.m.
Jimmy and Carrie Pollack were killed, along with three of their children, 3-year-old Callie Pollack, 4-year-old Ivy Pollack, and 14-year-old Jimmy Pollack Jr.
Two other children, 13-year-old Lily Pollack and her 8-year-old sister Rose were able to escape the home. The younger sister is being treated at a local hospital for minor burns to her neck and face. She is expected to be released from the hospital Saturday.
Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said crews didn’t immediately find anything suspicious about the fire and called it “a horrific, tragic accident.”
“It’s a huge loss of life,” he said.
Authorities said there was faulty wiring inside and a wood stove burning inside at the time. Investigators believe a clogged stove pipe connected to the wood burning stove is where the fire began, according to Sheriff Belew.
The family’s minister, Randy Stephens, said Lily ran to her grandmother’s house across the street for help but was unable to get back into her family’s home.
Representative for Henry County Schools Susan Burton said it was is a tragic day for the county and community of Buchanan and Lakewood schools.
“We are all deeply affected by the tragic loss of our student and will covet your prayers in the days ahead,” Director of Schools J. Brian Norton said.
The schools have grief counselors on-site and the director of schools, school counselors, principals and teachers are on hand to provide counseling support to students and staff.
Multiple fire departments responded to the fire and crews are now in the recovery and investigation phase.
An account has been set up by the sheriff’s department for the family at Security Bank and Trust under the children’s grandmother’s name, Mary Charlene Pollack. Donations can be made by calling 731-642-6644.