Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

July 16, 2013

Victim in fire dies from injuries

Two remain in critical condition

By Gary Nelson
Senior staff writer

— One woman has passed away from the injuries she suffered in a house fire last week, and two other victims remain in critical condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

Debra Monday, 57, of Crossville passed away Friday at Vanderbilt Medical Center from injuries she sustained in the house fire at 45 Dunbar Ave., according to Crossville Fire Department Deputy Chief Chris South.

Remaining at Vanderbilt in critical condition with injuries suffered in the fire are Steven McNamara, 58, and Monday’s daughter, Channa Brown, 31, both of Crossville.

“After our investigation we determined the fire was caused by an electrical failure in the compressor area of the refrigerator in the kitchen. It then spread to the rest of the kitchen,” South said.

The fire occurred last Wednesday night and both Crossville firefighters and Crossville police officers, first responders, were dispatched shortly after 10 p.m. and were on the scene within three minutes of the alarm.

Two of the victims suffered first- and second-degree burns while the third victim suffered second- and third-degree burns. They all suffered smoke inhalation.

All of the victims were discovered unconscious and unresponsive.

The duplex home at 45 Dunbar Ave. is located on the west side of TAP’s publishing facility and is one block from the fire and police departments. The speedy response played a key role in the rescue of the three.

Neighbors in the adjoining unit of the duplex discovered the fire and called 911. Both units suffered damage in the blaze.

South said it was a sad situation.

“It appears they were all sleeping, but there were no smoke detectors in the home. The use of smoke detectors would have made a significant difference in the outcome of this fire and would have given them early notification,” South said.

South wanted to be sure residents are aware that the Crossville and Cumberland County Fire Departments have a free-smoke detector program available for those who qualify. For more information about the program call the Crossville Fire Department at 484-7571, or the Cumberland County Fire Department at 484-8448.