Child dies in morning fire
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- A morning fire on Rawlings Street claimed the life of a young child Monday.
Officials say a mother and two children were in the home when the fire started.
A witness on the scene says he heard the mother scream and tried to break out a window to get the children out.
When police arrived on the scene, they tried repeatedly to enter the home to save the child, but the flames were too intense.
Firefighters were able to enter the home and locate one of the children who was carried out to safety. He returned into the home and found the second child.
The mother also reportedly tried unsuccessfully to get her children out of the home and suffered burns and smoke inhalation.
One of the children was pronounced dead at the scene. The other was taken to Children's Hospital at Erlanger with burns and smoke inhalation.
The child was then airlifted by Life Force air medical to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia in critical condition.
The mother's injuries were not life threatening. She was taken to Erlanger Medical Center for treatment.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Chattanooga Police Department's Major Crimes Division is also investigating the incident, which is standard protocol when fatalities are involved.
No names have been released pending family notification.
The fire was contained quickly but the home sustained considerable damage.