Sunday, January 14, 2018

Family of Four Perish in Hardin County Fire

Savannah, TN- Shocked family members and a community are reeling from the tragic death of a mother, her husband and two children who have been
identified as victims of the tragic early morning house fire.

Hardin County Fire Chief Melvin Martin said that Jamie I. Franks, 35 and Robyn A. Franks, 36, along with Brody West, 9, and Joise Franks, 3, all perished in the fire.

Martin told WOPC HD News that a neighbor called 911 at 1:20 a.m. to report the home on fire and crews arrived approximately 10 minutes later. The chief said that the home was fully engulfed and flames were coming out the windows, which made entry impossible.

A tearful neighbor said that Jamie Franks was the kind of man who would give you the shirt off his back.

Another distraught person watching as bodies were removed from the structure said "I cant imagine having to plan a funeral for an entire family."

A family member told WOPC HD News that Jamie Franks had been injured in a logging accident a few years ago, that left him with nerve damage. The family member said that Franks worked 3 jobs to support his family and never heard him complain the first time.

A local resident of the area said the tragedy could have been even worse as two other children  were with their mother at the time of the fire.
Brody & Josie Franks/ Facebook 

Jamie & Robyn Franks/ Facebook
Martin said that the victims were found in their bedrooms and one of the victims found in bed.

The fire is believed to be an accident.

The Fire Chief said the cause of the blaze could not be determined or if smoke detectors were in use.

Chief Martin said the free smoke detectors are available in Hardin County and that he couldn't stress enough the importance of smoke detectors.

Martin said that the States Fire Marshals Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are now looking into the cause of the fire.

Funeral arrangements are still pending.

The family says a Go Fund Me account has been set up to help with funeral expenses and any funds left over will go to the surviving children.