Tenn. Sheriff's Office Sgt. Killed Fighting Cafe Fire

Sgt. Kenny Fox, also the Decaturville fire chief, pushed two firefighters out of the way at the last second.


A Tennessee fire chief, also a sergeant with the Decatur County Sheriff's Department,  was killed early Saturday after pushing two of his firefighters out of the way of a collapsing roof.

Decaturville Fire Chief Kenny Fox, 39, was then trapped when the roof collapsed, according to WSMV.

Fox's eldest son who also was battling the blaze at the Oak Hill Cafe stayed until crews located his father's body, police told reporters.

Fox, a sergeant with the Decatur County Sheriff's Office, leaves behind a wife and sons.

Decatur County Sheriff Roy Wyatt said the call for the fire came in around 4:24 a.m. Saturday from the Oak Hill Cafe Bar and Grill on U.S. 412, west of Parsons.

Jeremy Inman and his brother, Randy Inman, were taken to Decatur County General Hospital.

Jeremy Inman later was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville for treatment for third-degree burns. He was in stable condition at Vanderbilt. Randy was released after treatment.

Authorities said Fox's wife and two sons also are volunteers at the fire department in west Tennessee.


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