By Michael R. Moser
In what appears to be an "unintentional" fire, three persons suffered burns — two critically — when a fire broke out in a northern Cumberland County home. Authorities said at least one other person escaped injury.
The fire was reported to the E-911 Center around 9 a.m. with the caller stating a Hinds Rd. house was on fire with at least two persons suffering from burns.
Units from the Cumberland County Fire Department, Cumberland County Sheriff's Department and Cumberland County Emergency Medical Services rushed to the scene and found a house fully engulfed in flames and a man and woman suffering from burns to their hands and upper bodies. A third man suffered burns to his hand and chest, according to sources on the scene.
Two LifeStar ambulance helicopters from The University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville landed in an adjacent field and transported the two most seriously injured to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.
The home owner, James Dallas Hinds, 59, 113 Hinds Rd., was treated for injuries at the scene. Names of the man and woman who were transported by air for specialized treatment nor their condition were available at press time.
Sheriff's Investigator Scott Griffin responded to the scene and said his preliminary investigation was leaning toward the fire being accidental.
It is believed that one of the occupants of the house was sleeping in a hospital bed with an oxygen machine operating that resulted in a sudden fire. In an effort to remove the burning mattress from the house, fire was spread to other rooms and blocked the only exit, which led to the injuries of the victims.
An engine and manpower from the Fentress County Clarkrange fire station also responded to the scene.
Assistant Fire Chief John Hall said at the scene the residence was a total loss. Hinds Rd. connects Bear Creek Rd. (Old Elmore Rd.) and Hwy. 127 N.