Sunday, January 14, 2018

Hardin County Family Of Four Dies In Early Morning House 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 home was located in the 8000 block of HWY 203.

The chief said that the home was fully engulfed and flames were coming out the windows, which made entry impossible.

'This is every firefighter's worst fear, having people inside a burning residence and not being able to do anything to save them,' the Hardin County Fire Department said in a statement
A tearful neighbor said that Jamie Franks was the kind of man who would give you the shirt off his back.
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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
Jamie and Robyn Franks/Facebook

Another witness on scene said the tragedy could have been even worse as two other children belonging to Jamie Franks, were spared because they were with their mother at the time of the blaze.
Brody & Josie 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 accidental.

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

Chief Martin said that 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.