Deadly Collierville house fire blamed on live Christmas tree, fireplace embers

Deadly Collierville house fire blamed on live Christmas tree, fireplace embers

COLLIERVILLE, TN (WMC) - A Collierville house fire that claimed the lives of four people is being attributed to a fireplace and live Christmas tree.

The Collierville Fire Marshall’s Office released a statement Friday on the Dec. 23 fire on Autumn Winds Drive.

Ember from open fireplace caused deadly Collierville fire

Three teenage missionaries from India -- Sharron, Joy and Aaron Naik -- and 46-year-old Kari Coudriet died in the fire.

Coudriet’s husband, Danny, and 13-year-old son, Cole, survived but suffered smoke inhalation.

The Coudriets' church said the family was hosting the Naik teens for the holidays.

Firefighters responded to the home around 11 p.m. where the surviving Coudriets had escape through a second-story window.

4 dead, 2 injured in Collierville house fire

Investigators determined the fire originated on the first floor where embers from the fireplace ignited the live Christmas tree.

The fire was fueled by wrapped presents under the tree and the living room furniture.

According to investigators, there was only one working smoke detector on the second floor.

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“The fast-moving fire along with no working smoke alarm on the first floor combined to make early escape impractical,” reads the statement from Paul Witt, chief of Fire Prevention.

A GoFundMe is raising money for the Coudriet family.

The money will go towards getting the father moved into his new apartment and replacing all of his possessions lost in the fire.

The church also held a meeting Thursday to brainstorm even more plans on helping the family, who said they are overwhelmed with people wanting to help.

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