By SHAWN McGRATH
FRANKTON — A family of five suffered smoke inhalation and are hospitalized after fire swept through their rural Frankton home early Monday.
Frankton Volunteer Fire Department Chief Rob Amick identified those injured as Carl Brinker, 52; his wife, Hope Brinker, 38; and their three children, Elizabeth Williams, 16; Christina Aylor, 9; and Brandon Johnson, 6. The five were in stable condition at Community Hospital Monday evening, said spokeswoman Katy Harrison Troxell.
Amick said firefighters were called to the single-story, three-bedroom home at 2034 W. 300N shortly before 3 a.m. The residence was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.
Amick said the residents were roused by the smell of smoke, and escaped the home through a bedroom window.
The home had at least four smoke detectors, he said, but none worked.
“People need to check their smoke detectors,” Amick said. “That’s a really important thing we need to drive home.”
Firefighters had the blaze under control in about 20 minutes, but remained at the scene until about 7 a.m., Amick said. The residence, the family’s home for about the last two years, likely isn’t salvageable, he said.
“The home sustained extensive damage,” Amick said. “I’d say it’s a complete loss.”
Amick said the Madison County Fire Investigation Team determined the blaze was caused by a faulty electrical outlet in the home’s family room, in the residence’s rear.
“It’s not suspicious in any nature,” Amick said.
A Richland Township firefighter, whose name was not released, was treated at Community after suffering “overexertion,” Amick said. The firefighter has since been released.
Along with Frankton firefighters, first responders from Richland, Lapel, Alexandria, Anderson and Frankton EMS responded to the blaze. Pipe Creek firefighters were placed on standby in case they were needed, Amick said. Madison County Emergency Management Agency officials, and the Red Cross also assisted at the scene.
By SHAWN McGRATH