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Child killed in Kingsport house fire

By Meaghan Smith, msmith@wcyb.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:26:20 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 11 2013 11:00:00 AM CDT

A house fire in Kingsport Tuesday claimed the life of a young child. The toddler's mother is in the hospital, fighting for her own life.

KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

UPDATE 9:10 a.m.: The Kingsport Fire Department has released more information about the victims.

Fire officials say three-year-old Henley Dunbar died in the fire and his mother, Nikki Dunbar, is still a patient at Holston Valley Medical Center.

Kingsport firefighters think the mother and child were trying to escape from the burning house on Rose Tree Lane Tuesday morning, but couldn't get out in time.

Firefighters tell us they found the woman and her toddler together by the back door. The mother was rushed to Holston Valley Medical Center, but her child did not survive.

Investigators say they weren't able to locate a working smoke detector in the house. The only one they did find didn't work.

The fire department is still working to determine what sparked the flames.

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A house fire in Kingsport Tuesday claimed the life of a young child. The toddler's mother is in the hospital, fighting for her own life.

Firefighters believe they were trying to escape the blaze on Rosetree Lane this morning, but couldn't get out in time. 

The fire broke out just after 10 a.m. Someone spotted the flames and called 911. Within four minutes, firefighters arrived at the home and then rushed in. 

The woman and her toddler were found together by the back door. The mother was rushed to Holston Valley Medical Center, but her child later died. "He was so sweet and so loving. She was such a dedicated mother. She loved her children," says Reba Glover, a neighbor and friend.

Investigators say they weren't able to locate a working smoke detector in the house. The only one they found and say it didn't work.

The fire department is still working to determine the cause of the blaze. They haven't yet released the names of the mother or her child.