3-year-old killed in apartment fire

3-year-old killed, family injured in massive Antioch apartment fire

ASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A three-year-old girl was killed and the rest of her family was hurt in a massive fire at an Antioch apartment complex Monday morning.

Fire officials say the blaze began in a first-floor unit at the Stone Ridge apartments around 4 a.m. before flames then moved to the upper level.

Elizabeth Dessie was killed and firefighters had to go through a window of the burning apartment to recover her body. Her father, Endalamaw Dessie Tesfaye, suffered burns to over 80 percent of his body. He was last listed in critical condition.

Mother Ehitayehu Dessie suffered burns to her hands and was last listed in stable condition.

The couple’s five-year-old son was also hospitalized as precaution. He was also listed in stable condition.

News 2 spoke with resident Reymundo Rodriguez who said he and his two young children were asleep when the fire started early Monday morning. He was awoken by a neighbor who went door-to-door, waking everyone up.

“We were sleeping this morning [around] 2 a.m. and somebody knocked [on] the door and we [got] out real quick and everybody [went] outside,” he said.

Eight units were destroyed, displacing 22 residents, according to Commander William Swann with the Nashville Fire Department.

“Fire crews here did an outstanding job and I can’t say enough about them. This fire could have been a lot worse. Any time we have a situation like this, we can do everything right and things still go wrong,” said Commander Swann.

The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents with clothing and housing.

Fire investigators are still working to determine what caused the fire. A K-9 was brought in to assist with the investigation.

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