A 7-year-old girl is dead after a fire completely engulfed a house in Crossville.
Cumberland County authorities said the fire began around 8 a.m. on the 4000 block of eastbound Highway 70.
The father of the child said he tried desperately to pull her to safety, but couldn't.
"It's a tragic event for anybody in law enforcement, emergency services. They go out every day to protect people and when we lose a child, especially, that's difficult for us," Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox said. "We hug our kids a little bit closer tonight."
The house was a total loss and investigators with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are working to uncover the cause of the fire. No foul play is suspected.