Official: Fatal Fire In Clarksville An Accident

Posted at 8:07 PM, Jul 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-30 17:12:16-04

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A fire official said a 14-year-old boy remained in critical condition at a hospital the day after two other children died in an accidental fire in Clarksville.

Clarksville Assistant Fire Chief Ray Williams said Wednesday that Joshua Phillips was being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Williams said the boy was alert and opening his eyes.

Phillips was taken to the hospital after a fire early Tuesday morning tore through a 65-year-old home in Clarksville. Williams said two other children, 9-year-old Travis Howard Jr. and 11-year-old Ann Howard, died in the fire.

Williams said three adults, including the children's' parents and a family friend, were able to escape the blaze.

Williams said an investigation showed the fire was an accident, and its likely cause was an electrical problem.

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