UPDATE: Fire officials say only one working smoke alarm in house fire that killed three French Camp Academy students

Town of Potts Camp posts on Facebook its condolences concerning teens killed in fire

The three deceased teenagers attended French Camp Academy in Choctaw County

Posted: Dec 24, 2018 11:47 AM
Updated: Dec 27, 2018 10:21 AM

Update 12/25/18 10:42 p.m.

There was only one working smoke alarm in the whole house, said Collierville Fire Chief Mark King.

The father, Danny Coudreit, thinks the flames may have started downstairs. His son Cole was the first one to notice the smoke in the house. The father and his 13-year-old escaped from the second story window, King said.

The four who did not make it out of the flames were identified as, 14-year-old Aaron, 15-year-old Joy, and 17-year-old Sharron Naik.

46-year-old Kari Coudriet, the wife of Danny, did not escape the fire either.

Danny received burns and lacerations but is expected to make a full recovery. Cole was treated for smoke inhalation. Both were released from the hospital Christmas Day, according to King.

Fire officials say the outcome may have been different if the smoke detectors were working.

Update 12/24/18 6:52 p.m.

The following was a post from the town of French Camp on its Facebook page:

"Friends and family, please be in prayer for Pastor Naik and his wife. They sent their three precious children to America from India to keep them safe, and during the break a fire took their lives. They have been a blessing to the French Camp community and are loved by our whole town. I cannot fathom the grief of their parents as I know how much our town is grieving."

Update 12/24/18 3:37 p.m.

WATN-TV in Memphis reports the three deceased teenagers attended French Camp Academy in Choctaw County, Mississippi.

The TV station reports the teenagers were staying at the Collierville, Tennessee, home while their parents were on a mission trip to India.

The following statement was issued by French Camp Academy:

"As you can imagine, French Camp Academy is deeply saddened by the tragic event of last night’s fire in Collierville. We are fervently praying for the families involved and resting on the strong arms of our Heavenly Father to provide comfort and peace in a time like this. We understand that investigations are in process by Collierville authorities to explain the causes of the fire. We are asking everyone to join us in praying and supporting these precious families."

See the original post below. 

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three teenagers and an adult were killed, and seven people were injured in a house fire in a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee, authorities said Monday.

The fire began Sunday night in a two-story home in Collierville, said Mark King, the chief of administration of the town's fire department. When firefighters arrived, the house was engulfed in flames and a man who lived in the home and a neighbor were trying to rescue people trapped inside, King said.

King said the family that lives in the home was hosting three teenagers whose missionary parents were in India. The teens, ages 14, 15 and 17, were killed. Also killed was a 46-year-old woman. King described her as the mother of the house.

The woman's husband and their 13-year-old child were hospitalized with smoke inhalation, King said. One police officer and the neighbor were also taken to hospitals with smoke inhalation. And three firefighters suffered burns on their faces. They were all expected to recover from their injuries, King said.

The fire's cause is under investigation. Names of the victims were not immediately released.

As the fire raged, the father of the house crashed through a second story window, fell to the ground and began yelling for help, King said. The father and a neighbor, a local football coach, tried to go up to the second story with a ladder to attempt a rescue, King said.

"It was so hot, and smoke was billowing," King said.

The surviving teen jumped out of a window and the neighbor caught him, King said.

Collierville is a town of about 50,000 people, located about 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of downtown Memphis.

"We're a close-knit community," King said. "The family is a wonderful family. It's just hard for everybody."

The parents of the children who were staying in the house were in the process of returning from their mission Monday, King said. They belong to Collierville Bible Church, he said.

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