2 people perish in house fire on St. John

Sunday, January 7, 2018
The Dyersburg Fire Department was dispatched to reports of a fire at 934 St. John early Sunday morning. Though the fire department responded within minutes of the initial call, both occupants were deceased when firefighters arrived at the scene.
Mike Smith

MIKE SMITH

msmith@stategazette.com

During the early morning hours on Sunday, a house fire at a residence located at 934 St. John claimed the lives of both occupants.

According to Dyersburg Fire Chief Tim Ware, all indications are that the fire was accidental, though the cause remains under investigation.

“We didn’t see anything that would make it seem suspicious, so right now we’re looking at is as being an accident,” said Chief Ware.

The DFD received a call of a fire at 3:06 a.m. on Sunday after a neighbor saw smoke coming from the residence.

Members of the DFD responded to the residence within minutes to extinguish the flames, ones that remained contained to the interior of the residence.

The State Gazette was able to obtain the names of the two occupants that died in the fire, but will withhold the names to ensure family members of the deceased have been notified.

Ware also acknowledged the Bomb and Arson squad was also on the scene early Sunday morning as part of the investigation.

The DFD was busy on Sunday morning, as two other calls were dispatched involving fires in the city of Dyersburg. Firefighters also responded to two additional fires overnight, one were the call came in at 3:23 of a shed on fire at 1842 Harris Street, and the other was dispatched at 4:15 and was located at a residence at 607 Martin Luther King.

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