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Published on April 09, 2024
Elderly Couple and Python Rescued from Cocke County Blaze, Family Dog PerishesSource: Facebook/Parrottsville Volunteer Fire Department

In the predawn chill of a Cocke County morning, a blaze ripped through a Ray’s Loop Road trailer, trapping residents and a menagerie within its fiery grip; emergency responders managed to pull an elderly pair and a large python from the conflagration's jaws but couldn't save a family dog from the deadly inferno.

Details emerge from the WVLT and WATE reports that the Parrottsville Volunteer Fire Department received the call at approximately 5:22 a.m., and upon their swift arrival found the single-wide mobile home completely engulfed, the man and woman were rescued and treated for smoke inhalation, they were expected to recover, however, a dog perished amidst the searing smoke and flame.

The firefighting effort was intense but focused, managing to limit the worst of the damage to the structure's kitchen and living room, according to Parrottsville VFD's account of the events as described by WATE. The dwelling, despite the firefighters' best efforts, is considered a total loss.

Details surrounding the peculiar addition of the six-foot python, which was rescued along with the human victims, remain scant, however, the gravity of loss permeates the incident, as evidenced by Daniel Henry with the Parrottsville Fire Department's recounting to WVLT of the animal companion that did not survive. The cause of the tearful tragedy is under investigation with officials piecing together the sad puzzle, no immediate suspicion of foul play yet surfacing in public discourse.

Community members have been quick to offer support to the displaced and grieving homeowners, a tragic reminder of the indiscriminate nature of disaster, the close-knit fabric of Cocke County residents has been touched by this unexpected calamity, as shared by WIVK.