Forrest City house fire takes lives of 3 children - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Forrest City house fire takes lives of 3 children

A house fire early this morning took the lives of three young children in Forrest City.

Fire Chief Dan Curtner says the blaze broke out about 4:15 a.m. The wooden, one-story home was almost fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.

Curtner says the father, 27-year-old Jousha Watkins, was injured trying to get the children out. Curtner says the children were all in the same room but the intense heat kept Watkins and firefighters from reaching them.

The children, two boys and a girl, were identified as six-year-old Matthew Watkins, five-year-old Everne Eatkins and three-year-old Shekinah Watkins.

The father was treated at a hospital and released.

Curtner says investigators suspect the fire started in the living and dining rooms and was electrical in origin. He said the home had a smoke detector but he didn't know if it worked because it was destroyed in the blaze.

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