A house fire early Wednesday killed four people, including two children, just four days after an even deadlier blaze about 20 miles away.
A 10-year-old girl suffered serious burns in Wednesday’s east Tennessee house fire, while four other people escaped without injury, said Bob Pollard with the state fire marshal’s office.
Investigators were trying to determine the fire’s cause.
Investigators identified the dead as Connie Torres, her boyfriend, Rafel Pina, and her daughters Karlisa Torres, 9, and Samantha Stephens, 12. Another daughter, 10-year-old Amanda Torres, was being treated for serious burns at the Shriner’s Hospital in Cincinnati.
Suzie Spradlin, Connie Torres’ stepsister, said the fire started in the front of the one-story frame house and trapped the five victims in the back bedroom.
Connie Torres’ niece, the niece’s boyfriend and his two brothers escaped the fire, authorities said.
Loudon, about 30 miles southwest of Knoxville, is about 20 miles from Rockwood, where a couple, their two sons and two children who were spending the night died Saturday in a house fire.
Tennessee has a per capita fire death rate twice the national average and second only to Mississippi, according to the fire marshal’s office.