UPDATED: In the initial news reports about this incident it was not noted that Kenny Fox was the fire chief in Decaturville, Tennessee.
Reports are now that it was Firefighter Kenny Fox, a volunteer Firefighter and Sheriff’s Deputy, who became trapped – and killed in the Line of Duty when the roof collapsed during this mornings restaurant fire in Decatur County, TN.
2 other Firefighters were badly burned and are at Vanderbilt Hospital. Firefighters Jeremy Inman and his brother Randy are being treated for third degree burns on their face and hands. Firefighter Fox’s eldest son was also on the fire scene assisting at the fire and stayed until crews could recover his father’s body. FF Fox leaves behind a wife and three sons.
Reports are that FF Fox heroically pushed his fellow firefighters out of the way as the roof collapsed, trapping Fox inside the Oak Hill Cafe-leading to his death.
FF Fox was also a Sergeant with the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office. His oldest son was also fighting the fire just before 0430 today. The younger Fox ran inside the burning building to try to save his father, but it was too late.
Channel 4 News is being told Fox pushed his fellow firefighters out of the way as the roof collapsed, trapping Fox inside the Oak Hill Cafe.
Fox was also a sergeant with the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office. His oldest son was also fighting the blaze just before 4:30 a.m. on Saturday. The younger Fox ran inside the burning building to try to save his father, but it was too late.
Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the fire. A memorial fund has been set up to help Fox’s family. You can donate to the Kenny Fox Memorial Fund at Decatur County Bank, P.O. Box 429, Decaturville, Tennessee, 38329.