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Roof Collapse

A PRE-DAWN FIRE IN DECATUR COUNTY, TENNESSEE, Saturday claimed the life of the District 3 Fire Chief, Kenny Fox.

Fire Chief Kenny Fox

The Jackson Sun reports:

Kenny Fox, fire chief of District 3 in Decaturville and sergeant for the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office, died Saturday morning after saving the lives of two other volunteer firefighters by pushing them out of the way before a roof collapsed in a fire.

Decatur County Sheriff Roy Wyatt said the call for the fire came in around 4:24 a.m. Saturday from the Oak Hill Cafe Bar and Grill on U.S. 412, west of Parsons. He said the firefighters arrived on the scene at 4:45 a.m. Wyatt said the roof collapsed on Fox.

The two firefighters that he pushed to safety are brothers.  Jeremy and Randy Inman were taken to Decatur County General Hospital and then later transferred to the burn unit at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville for treatment to 3rd-degree burns that both suffered.

Channel 5 News prepared this video report:


Chief Fox was age 39 and is survived by his wife and three sons.  One of his sons, age 19, was also working the fire and remained until his father was located and removed from the destroyed building.

Jackson Sun

The restaurant was a total loss and the investigation into the cause and results is continuing.

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