5 killed in two Clarksville house fires

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A fire official says two people have died in a house fire in Tennessee.

Clarksville Fire Chief Ricky Cumberland told media that the blaze was reported Tuesday morning at a home in the city, which is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Nashville. He says two adults died in the fire. No further details were immediately available.

It was the second fatal fire in Montgomery County in the last week. Three adults died in a fire last Friday that officials think might have started due to a wood stove. Authorities have released the names of three adults who died in a house fire in Tennessee.

Media outlets report the victims of Friday’s fire in the Montgomery County community of Woodlawn were identified as 72-year-old Lloyd Black Sr., 70-year-old Zelda Dennis and their 49-year-old daughter, Susan Black.

Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Jerry Buchanan had said the fire appeared to have started toward the middle of the home, possibly due to a wood stove. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

It wasn’t clear if the one-story house had working smoke detectors.

Both blazes are under investigation.