Fire department releases new details in Henry Family Fire

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The Fordsville Fire Department has released new information in a fire that took the lives of three children.

In a Facebook post Wednesday night, the fire department described John Henry’s actions on July 6 as “heroic”.

The fire department released a list of facts from their response to the fire, stating they normally don’t release public statements, but “due to the actions of a few people” many facts have been stretched. 

The Fordsville Fire Department’s list of facts from the fire are listed below:

Fact 1. Two adults and 3 children were in the home at the time the fire broke out.

Fact 2. The fire started toward the middle of the home, which allowed it to quickly engulf the entire home in half the time (vs starting in one end and traveling to the other. This is especially important in older mobile homes)

Fact 3. The father’s actions that night were nothing short of heroic. The father did pull the mom and 2 children from the fire. He did this with significant blood loss due to diving out a window on one end of home to escape the fire, to then run to the other end of the home, force open the back door, and re-enter the home.

Fact 4. After rescuing himself, his wife, and 2 children, and being unable to locate the 3rd child, the father, with the oldest child in his arms ran thru the field to a neighboring home and advised them to call 911. He then immediately returned to the home and continued his search for the 3rd child.
Fact 5. Fire dept arrived to find the oldest child at the neighbor’s, the mom behind the house, father and other child in the drive. Upon our arrival, the father told responders that his little girl was still inside.

Fact 6. The fire is in NO way suspicious in nature and has never thought to have been.

Fact 7. There was a metal roof over shingles which increased heat and smoke in structure.

Fact 8. In no way did anyone ask for help with money or any other type of assistance. It was done because we wanted to help and the community wanted to help.

The fire department also stated that all of the agency’s information has been turned over to the state fire marshal’s office. The Kentucky State Fire Marshal’s Office is handling the official report.

Eyewitness News has been in contact with the fire marshal’s office since the fire. As of Thursday, no cause has been determined or released.

The fire happened in the early morning hours of July 6 in the Reynolds Station area of Ohio County.

2-year-old Ivy Henry died at the scene of the fire. 4-year-old John Ross Henry and 7-year-old Ireland Henry died from their injuries at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.

Their parents, John and Christin, were also injured in the fire but are recovering. 

A benefit is being held for Christin and John Henry Saturday at the Fordsville Fire Department. For more information click here.

A family member has also started a GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $150,000. The page is one of the top trending fundraisers on the site, to donate click here

The Fordsville Fire Department has set up an account with a P.O. Box to go to the Henry family.

Here’s the information:

Citizens Bank 
Henry Family Donation Account, 
1021 S Main Street, 
P.O. Box 205, Hartford KY 42347 
Make checks to Henry family c/o Fawn Henry or Kenneth Calloway

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(This story was originally published August 16, 2018)

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