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Sheriff: Woman killed in house fire was trying to warn her family

11:24 AM, Mar 25, 2013   |    comments
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A 73-year-old woman who died in a house fire over the weekend was trying to make sure the rest of her family was safe.

Sevier County Sheriff Ron Seals identified the woman as Marjorie C. King.  The fire happened Saturday morning at her home located at 736 Lee Circle in Pigeon Forge.  Investigators say the other people in the house escaped on their own, but they believe King remained in the home trying to warn them of the fire when she was overcome by smoke.

Several Pigeon Forge Police officers who were first to respond to the fire tried to reach King, but were pushed back by the flames.

The four family members who escaped the fire said there were smoke detectors in the house, but they didn't hear them go off.

Investigators say the fire started in the carport area of the home, where a heat lamp had been placed in a box of wood shavings to keep some baby chicks warm.

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An early morning house fire killed one elderly person in Pigeon Forge on Saturday.

Pigeon Forge Fire Department responded to the residence on Lee Circle at about 1:15 a.m. PFFD Fire Chief Tony Watson said the elderly person and four other relatives were inside the home with the blaze started. The four people escaped the house with minor injuries.

Authorities said they don't know what ignited the fire and the incident is still under investigation. Right now the county's fire investigator is looking into the cause of the blaze.

Watson confirmed that the fire completely destroyed the 1,800 square foot house.

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