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Children in fatal Houser St. fire get new beds, donated by first responders

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Beds donated by MurMaid Mattress were delivered to the Lockhart chidren by off-duty Chattanooga firefighters. WRCBtv.com photo Beds donated by MurMaid Mattress were delivered to the Lockhart chidren by off-duty Chattanooga firefighters. WRCBtv.com photo
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - The three children who lost their parents, Cindy and Randall Lockhart, during a house fire last week were give brand new mattresses by the Chattanooga Fire Department.

The beds were donated by MurMaid Mattress and were delivered by off-duty firefighters, many of whom responded to the fatal fire at Houser Street last Wednesday.

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Community support continues to pour in for the children who lost everything, including their parents, in a house fire last week.

Randall and Candy Lockhart were killed when their North Chattanooga house went up in flames.
          
The family says despite the tragedy, the outpouring of love and support has been overwhelming.  

Firefighters with the Chattanooga Fire Department went to the grandparents house where the three children are now staying.
     
They brought with them two donations, one to give the children comfort and the other to bring them safety.

"It's really close to all of us, we were all there, we were all in there," said Capt. Scott McCullough, "Giving everything we had."
     
Firefighters see tragedy all the time, but something about this one is different.  
     
They returned with three new mattresses to give the children who lost their parents and their home.

"I told them people who love about you and care about you, people who don't even know you are loving you because they are concerned about you and their hearts are breaking because your mommy and daddy are gone too."
     
Their reunion was the first time family members saw those who battled the fire that took the lives of Randall and Candy Lockhart.

"It was very emotional for all of us," Capt. McCullough said, "We had to hear the mom had passed away and then later on that the dad had passed away and then to see the family today, it just, it brings it home."

The family had talked about reconnecting with the fire department to say thank you, but had not yet had the time.

"But when I saw their faces, I remember them being here," said Karen Reid, close family friend, "I remember them being here hooking up the hoses, I remember them moving the hoses, I remember them trying to get into Candy and Randall."

Firefighters also came with new smoke detectors. They went door to door in the neighborhood, installing them for free.

"The smoke detectors is the easiest way for families to be notified they need to get out of the house," said President of the Chattanooga Firefighter's Association Scott Thompson.
     
They noticed in Karen Reid's home that her working smoke detector expired and should have been replaced two years ago.

"I did not think it had been that long," she said, "I thought we had bought this recently, time flies."

Smoke detectors should be replaced every ten years and batteries replaced at least once a year.

"Well we hope they feel safe, we hope they don't have to endure a tragedy like happened last Wednesday, we hope we never lose another life to fire ever again."

It was the first time family members were reunited with the firefighters since the fire.  

Those caring for the children are still in need of clothing and monetary donations, which can be made at any First Tennessee Bank.

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