COVINGTON, Tenn – Press Release
On April 1, 2016 at approximately 03:09 A.M., Covington Fire/Rescue was alerted to a possible residential structure fire at 1739 Shoaf Street in Covington Tennessee. While responding, crews were advised of the possibility of children trapped in the residence. Upon arrival, fire crews found fire showing from the front of the apartment and immediately began search and rescue along with suppression operations. Two (2) children were found inside the home and an adult burn victim was found outside the home. The children were taken from the home, emergency medical treatment began, and they were transported to Baptist Hospital-Tipton by ambulance. There, they were pronounced deceased. The adult victim was airlifted to The MED Burn Unit in Memphis where she remains.
Fire fighters from the Covington Fire Department, Brighton Fire Department, and Three Star Fire Department worked quickly to extinguish the fire. The Covington Police Department and Tipton County Sheriff’s Office assisted on the scene.
At 03:58 A.M., the Covington Fire Department made contact with the Tennessee Bomb and Arson Division to assist on the fire investigation. Investigators from the Covington Fire Department, Covington Police Department, Tennessee Bomb and Arson Division, District Attorney Mike Dunavant’s office, and ATF continue to investigate the incident.
Coordination of the investigation is being handled by District Attorney General Mike Dunavant.
We ask that you continue to pray for those affected by this incident and for the first responders from our department and partner agencies as we cope with this tragedy.
Michael Naifeh,EFO, CFO
Covington Fire Rescue