'Hold on to your loved ones': Family mourns after 6 killed in house fire

Melissa and Chris McCoy
Posted at 5:43 PM, Dec 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-29 15:38:41-05

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Family members are mourning after six people were found dead following a house fire in Cumberland County the day after Christmas.

While it's still under investigation, the Cumberland County Sheriff said he doesn't suspect foul play. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been called in to help figure out what happened.

It happened in the early hours of December 26, when firefighters were called to the scene.

Cumberland County house fire
Cumberland County house fire

Crystal Dossett said her sister, Melissa, was one of the people who died.

"I still believe it’s not real," Dossett said.

"She was smart, and she was strong, and a great person," Dossett said.

Melissa's husband, Chris McCoy — and their two little girls, 3-year-old Ebonee and 4-year-old Arabella — were also killed.

"And you couldn’t ask for a better father, he was great honestly, and they loved them babies," Dossett said.

The two other victims have been identified as 55-year-old Trent and 54-year-old Karen McCoy were also killed.

Melissa's mom, Sandra, said they're still coming to terms with it.

"Day by day and pray — that’s all I can do. I got to leave it in his hands. I can’t handle it. There’s a reason why he called for them, that’s the only thing I can figure," Sandra Dossett said.

Sandra and Crystal have a sense of peace because Melissa was recently baptized.

“She loved her God. She loved her family. She was always forget and forgive. I don’t care what you’ve done to me, I’m gonna forgive you,” Dossett said.

Two of Crystal's kids are named after Melissa and Chris, so their memory will live on.

"I would like everyone to know they are great people, and to hold on to your loved ones because you really don’t know," Dossett said.

Chris' four other children weren't there at the time of the fire. They are now being cared for by relatives.

If you'd like to help the family - you can make a donation to the McCoy Memorial Fund at First National Bank in Crossville.

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