Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Please pray for this family...

From the Courier-Journal

2 children die in Fort Campbell fire

Associated Press

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — Two children died and their parents were injured during an early-morning fire today at their Fort Campbell Army base home, officials said.

A 14-month old child was not injured in the fire, which occurred at a home in a section of housing called Lee Village, base spokeswoman Kelly Ann Tyler said.

A 2-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy were pronounced dead at the Blanchfield Army Community Hospital at Fort Campbell. Their mother was flown by helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, about 50 miles southeast of the base.

The father was being treated for his injuries at the base hospital.

The conditions of the survivors were not immediately available.

The Fort Campbell Fire Department responded to the fire call about 1:30 a.m. The cause of the blaze was under investigation.

The names of the victims were not immediately released.

From the Tennessean

Tuesday, 05/29/07

Two children dead after fire at Fort Campbell home

Two children who died following an early morning fire today at their on-post housing unit at Fort Campbell have been identified as children of a 3rd Brigade Combat Team soldier.

A 3-year-old girl and a nine-year-old boy were pronounced dead at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital.

Fort Campbell officials would not release the names of the children Tuesday and said they have no plans to disclose their identities at all.

The children's mother was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The father was also injured and was being treated at Blanchfield. An 18-month-old daughter was not hurt in the blaze.

Fort Campbell fire department officials responded to a call around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 4000 block of Dixie Road in Lee Village, near Gate 6 of the sprawling complex.

Lee Village consists of 404 two-story homes for enlisted soldiers and their families.

All of Lee Village is slated for comprehensive replacement. Phase one of the replacement has been completed. Phase 2 demolition is underway and is nearing completion. As demolition is completed, new homes are being built. The third and final phase of demolition is scheduled for completion in early 2011.

Six families resided in the “sixplex” structure where the fire originated, and all were displaced by the fire. Fort Campbell Family Housing has placed them in temporary lodging until housing becomes available.

From one of my military spouse groups:

Reason for the fire has yet to be determined and an investigation continues into the incident.

We have received over one hundred calls these past few days from other units and the community on "how they can assist the family and the unit during this time"... In light of these request the following information is provided to facilitate voluntary contributions and donations:

We know that the family will require immediate assistance with new quarters, furniture, clothing, etc. The 626th has an outstanding Family Readiness Group that has already rallied to address these needs and we are getting great help in these endeavors from the Division and Installation.

The family is in need of the following:
- Furniture
- Towels
- Sheets
- Size 14/16 women’s clothing and comfortable loose-fitting dresses for near-term wear
- Size 24-month girl’s clothing and size 6 or 7 toddler shoes (larger sizes may be donated for long-term use)
- Size 5 disposable diapers, sensitive skin baby wipes
- Size 38W, 30L men’s pants, size XL shirts and men’s size 10 shoes

An account has been set up in name at Bank of America. Sgt. Erica Hardy at 626 BSB is the point of contact for all voluntary monetary and assistance donations at 798-3183.

I urge you to look at not only at what you can do in the short-term, but remember this family in the days, weeks and months to come. While it is good to send cards and well-wishes initially, the phone calls, prepared meals and donations that come after the funerals take on a new meaning when all the relatives have gone home.

I would also highlight that the 626 FRG is doing extraordinary work in these circumstances and that contributing to their well-being while they continue to serve this family is encouraged (baby sitting so that the FRG member can continue to assist the mother in setting up new quarters or making a meal for a family of an FRG member who has spent all day at the hospital).

Thank you for your continued support,
Rak 6

Colonel Dominic J. Caraccilo


Military Mommy said...

That is awful. I am so sorry for the family. I will definitely pray for them.

The spouse's group part couldn't have been more true. They will need more support after everything blows over and the shock wears off. We had some families in January who lost helo pilots in our squadron. They are most desperate for the cards, letters, prayers now as they begin the new road of the next chapter of their lives.

Hugs, Michelle

Bob-kat said...

How awful. I hope the family get all the support they need over the coming months.

Carmi said...

My worst fear is fire. I walk through the house before we tuck in, looking for things that might even remotely be questionable: file folders near electrical outlets, kettles near napkin holders, etc.

I'm manic, but I remember my sister melting down the kitchen counter when we were kids after she left the kettle on and it boiled dry, then burned. That moment changed me, and to this day I live in mortal fear of the worst.

I will pray for this family, and for the community that has so courageously risen up around them. Sometimes, you wish life could be more fair.