5 Dead In Atoka Fire

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Two young children and three adults died in a house fire in Atoka Tuesday morning. Full Story
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noisy

Memphis, TN

#1 Sep 28, 2010
Does any one know what family it was?
Paladin

Alexandria, VA

#2 Sep 28, 2010
Thoughts and Prayers to the victims, families and the First Responders too.
catherine mabe

Canton, MS

#3 Sep 28, 2010
From what I understand it is the family of Jimmy Atkins (His sister is Bess) I believe it is Jimmy's son Chris and and his family.
Celeste

United States

#4 Sep 28, 2010
catherine mabe wrote:
From what I understand it is the family of Jimmy Atkins (His sister is Bess) I believe it is Jimmy's son Chris and and his family.
You are correct.
prsfan2010

Butler, IL

#5 Sep 28, 2010
someone needs to PROOFREAD !!
aprilc

Covington, TN

#6 Sep 28, 2010
their last name is not boyd...it's byrd.. please get this right for the families sake.
cbinflux

Memphis, TN

#7 Sep 28, 2010
PROSECUTE every adult who SHOULD have had working smoke dtectors in that home.
CAC

Hilton Head Island, SC

#8 Sep 28, 2010
Prosecute? All the adults in that home died. What a stupid comment.
Cousin

United States

#9 Sep 28, 2010
That fire took my 1st cousin, her son being my 2nd cousin, and his 2 babies, my 3rd cousins. There are families of her side (the grdmother, my couisn) her son (Christopher)his family from his fathers side, Deseree, the mother, and her family. 3 diff sets of families here lost loved ones. A tragedy all around. Thank you for all your prayers. I will be traveling from WI tomorrow to be with them all. And you are right, it is Jimmy Atkins family. Sharon, is the daughter of the late BeBe & Robert Mitchell of Covington.
popo

Rossville, TN

#10 Sep 28, 2010
Know one aknoledged the 3 police officers who entered the house before the firemen got there to try and save the victims. they know who they are good job brothers.
mlw

Cordova, TN

#11 Sep 29, 2010
sad sad - i hope news channel 3 will let us know if we can help in any way - my thoughts and prayers are with the family
CWP

Batesburg, SC

#12 Sep 29, 2010
CAC wrote:
Prosecute? All the adults in that home died. What a stupid comment.
Carlos?
stacey

Champaign, IL

#13 Sep 29, 2010
aprilc wrote:
their last name is not boyd...it's byrd.. please get this right for the families sake.
thank you i was going to say the same thing!! The BYRD family has been through a lot in their time and they are an amazing and strong family. I am engaged to be a Byrd and knew the family well. This is very hard on everyone!! I am very thankful Andon and Devon made it out. Devon is a true hero!!!! Desiree and Sharon were both terrific mothers and lost their lives trying to save their children. Today would be Rylan's birthday and she would be turning three. They all are very loved and missed and their memories will live on in our lives. R.I.P.
stacey

Champaign, IL

#14 Sep 29, 2010
cbinflux wrote:
PROSECUTE every adult who SHOULD have had working smoke dtectors in that home.
they did work and they were going off even still as the fire was being put out!!!!! I was there I heard them!!!!!!!!!!
stacey

Champaign, IL

#15 Sep 29, 2010
mlw wrote:
sad sad - i hope news channel 3 will let us know if we can help in any way - my thoughts and prayers are with the family
they have a fund set up with first south bank for donations its called "The Byrd Fire Fund." The boys, Devon(12) and Andon(6) lost most of their toys,clothing, etc.
doughesson

Memphis, TN

#16 Sep 29, 2010
Why should people be prosecuted for not having working smoke detectors AFTER they have died by fire already?
Wasn't that punishment enough for you?
Whether they did or didn't have smoke detectors,mobile home fires are usually fast burning and don't give you much time to bail out even if you are awake and aware that there is a fire in the other end or even the middle of the trailer.
BTW,smoke detectors only work once the fire has reached a level of combustion(that's burning for those of you in Rio Linda)where smoke is produced.
Fires can burn without making enough smoke to reach the detection threshold of most smoke detectors on the market,though the manufacturers have been working on that.
cbinflux wrote:
PROSECUTE every adult who SHOULD have had working smoke dtectors in that home.
CAC

Hilton Head Island, SC

#17 Sep 29, 2010
CWP wrote:
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Carlos?
Yes, that's me.

Not sure who you are, but Desiree was my cousin's daughter. I just saw her Saturday at her brother's (I'm his godfather) wedding. She and Rylan sat next to me during the wedding and reception. It was nice to see her after so many years and meet her family. So sad. I just can't accept it.

And it really bothers me to see someone make such an insensitive comment about prosecution....like it will solve anything now. Whoever made that comment should go talk to Devon and Andon and tell them their mother should be prosecuted. Better yet, you come and tell me that.
Mom of 2 in Tipton County

Southaven, MS

#18 Sep 29, 2010
I do not think anyone should be judging these victims and guessing whether or not they had working smoke alarms. I believe we need to pray that God will use this tragedy to bring others to Him.
I pray for these boys who lost their family, that God will carry them through this and give them strength and hope for tomorrow. They have their whole lives to live while dealing with this great loss. Let's not post things that could be detremental to their well being.
God bless you Devon and Andon. I do not know you, but I am praying for you and I love you with the love of Jesus Christ. He will help you through all things.
a friend

Paris, TN

#19 Sep 29, 2010
I knew the mother who died in the fire she was a wonderful mother and our prayers go out to her family.if you donot have any nice comments please do not make any ty.
friend Drummonds TN

Horn Lake, MS

#20 Sep 29, 2010
I know the father of Christopher Akins, Jimmy Akins and know he is devastated as all the family members and friends of all of the victims are. We can pray for them, we can be there for them for support, and hopefully help them with the burial expenses as well as the future needs of the two surviving boys. More will grow closer to God because of this and He will carry all through this tragedy if you let him. Let us concentrate on the important facts and not bring up speculation or ignorant comments regarding this family in their time of grief. Also keep the responders in your prayers as they will live with this for their lifetime also. We love you Jimmy.

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