Family loses everything in house fire that claimed life of 4-year-old son

Photo: WKRN

GILES COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Giles County family lost their home in a fire that killed their 4-year-old son.

Courtesy: Hungerford family
Courtesy: Hungerford family

The family is now temporarily staying at a motel in Lawrenceburg a day after the fatal fire on Casteel Road.

Father of five James McCann is still in disbelief.

“It’s really a hard situation,” he said.

The mother of his children, Rebecca Hungerford, sat beside him but was so distraught she could barely speak.

James said his 4-year-old son William was their little angel who was a Leap Year baby and was always happy and loved his family.

“I can’t believe he is gone… 4-years-old,” he said.

James and Rebecca were both at work when the fire started around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Their 19-year-old son and William were at home. A neighbor spotted the flames and called 911.

James McCann (Photo: WKRN)
James McCann (Photo: WKRN)

James told News 2 by the time he arrived home there was a wall of flames and his son was lost.

“I got there and it was engulfed,” he recalled. “[It was] horrifying. Just unbelievable. Very helpless knowing your child is still inside.”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it began at the front of the home, trapping William. Three dogs and five cats were also killed.

“Hug and tell everyone you love them. You don’t know what is going to happen,” James said. “Everyone needs to hug their little ones, tell them they love them. You never know, this could happen to anyone.”

The family said they do not have insurance or the money to bury their son.

They also lost all of their clothes, furniture and Christmas gifts in the fire.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

As investigators search for answers on how the fire started, they’re also asking for the public’s help.

Donations for the family can be made through the William Hungerford Memorial Account set up at the Bank of Frankewing or through a GoFundMe account.

The family is also in desperate need of clothes. Donations can be sent or dropped off at the Giles County Sheriff’s Department located at 200 Thomas Gatlin Drive.

Deputies told News 2 they would wrap any donated Christmas gifts for the children.

Jessie – 2nd grade (Boy)
Shirt size: 8
Pants size: 8
Shoe size: 13.5 to 1.5

Devin – 8th grade (Boy)
Shirt size: Large or X-Large
Pants size: 38
Shoe size: 9.5

Kyle – 16-years-old (Boy)
Shirt size: Large
Pants size: 32 to 34
Shoe size: 10 to 10.5

Cameron – 19-years-old (Boy)
Shirt size: 2XL
Pants size: 32
Shoe size: 13

Rebecca (Mother)
Shirt size: X-Large
Pants size: 16
Shoe size: 9

James (Father) 
Shirt size: Large
Pants size: 30 to 32
Shoe size: 9.5