NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two children died early Friday morning in a mobile home fire in Madison.
The Nashville Fire Department was called to the Cheyenne Drive home about 12:20 a.m. on reports of a fire with people trapped.
When authorities arrived, the home was engulfed in flames. Neighbors attempted to rescue the people inside by tearing apart an outside wall.
Firefighters were then able to pull out two children and one adult. A second adult was able to get outside on their own.
“They actually tore a section of the wall out and pulled the victims through that hole,” said District Chief Jerry Tomlinson. “They are the heroes. They pulled these victims out and we greatly appreciate their efforts.”
Both children–identified as Lujana Mejia-Hernandez, 2, and Christopher Mejia-Hernandez, 5– were rushed to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Sadly, both died of their injuries.
Both adults were also taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. One of them, a 27-year-old man, is in extreme critical condition, the fire department reports.
The second adult, a 39-year-old man, is in critical condition.
Metro Schools spokesman Joe Bass told News 2 that 5-year-old Christopher was a kindergartner at Neely’s Bend Elementary School. Grief counselors were made available Friday for students, parents, teachers, and anyone else who may need them.
The school district released a statement saying they are “deeply saddened” by Christopher’s death, a native Guatemalan who recently learned how to read and understand English.
“He was a bright student and had a great personality. We mourn with the students, faculty and families who are grieving his loss,” the school continued.
Fire investigators worked through the night to try and determine the cause of the fire, which remains under investigation.
According to fire officials, their investigation revealed there were no smoke alarms in the mobile alarm.
“All homes should have working smoke alarms,” the department noted.
Homeowners are responsible for installing their own. Landlords are responsible for installing smoke alarms in any home they rent.
If you live in Davidson County and are in need of a smoke alarm, you may stop by the Nashville Fire Department Headquarters at 63 Hermitage Avenue between Monday and Friday from 7:30 until 4 p.m. for a free smoke alarm for your home, while supplies last.
The department also said Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) will be provided on Wednesday, Dec. 7 for first responders involved in this incident.
According to Councilman Bill Pridemore, a GoFundMe account has been set up in the name of Mejia-Hernandez Memorial Fund. Click here to donate.
To support the family by giving clothes and other essentials, contributions can be dropped off at three Madison locations:
- Station 31 located at 415 Douglas Avenue
- Station 38 located at 201 Larkin Springs Road
- Neely’s Bend Elementary School located at 1300 Neelys Bend Road
All clothing was lost in the fire and men’s clothing of sizes medium shirts, shoes of sizes 7 ½ and 10, and pants sizes 32 and 34 are appreciated.
If you would like to donate gift cards or other forms of support, please bring those items to either of the two fire halls or Neely’s Bend Elementary School.