UPDATE: 2 MPs hospitalized after saving children from house fire

Update, 5:45 p.m.: Two Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies were hospitalized after saving two children from a house fire, according to a press release from MCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Wojnarek.

After arriving at the scene on Monday afternoon, deputies Zach Fortner and Cody Evans quickly discovered two children trapped inside the burning house, according to the news release.

Using a nearby ladder, the two deputies entered through a bedroom window, located the children, and were able to exit the house with them.

Montgomery County Emergency Medical Services provided care and transported deputies to Tennova ER – Sango. Both deputies are being treated for smoke inhalation but are listed in stable condition and will continue to be observed overnight, Wojnarek said.

The children are currently in the care of their mother, he continued.

“I am proud of Zach and Cody for their selfless and heroic actions this afternoon,” Sheriff John Fuson said in the press release.

“If these two deputies were not on the scene as quickly as they were, we would be reporting a very different and tragic story tonight. Thanks to their actions, these two children have been saved and a mother rejoices instead of crying. God is good!”


CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – A house fire broke out on Briarwood Drive in Montgomery County on Monday afternoon, and two children were rescued from the home by emergency responders.

Emergency crews responded to the scene at 646 Briarwood Road, around 1:30 p.m., according to a Facebook post from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Ed Baggett, director of the Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency, told Clarksville Now that while the residence has not been totaled, there is significant damage to about 50% of the house.

“The mother is out and county officers got both kids out, so everyone is fine,” Baggett said, adding that all three were taken to the hospital to be checked.

Baggett said investigators are on the scene to determine the origin of the fire.

The sheriff’s office has asked drivers to avoid the area as emergency crews work to secure the residence and deputies provide traffic control.

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