Victims identified in deadly house fire that left 4 dead, 2 injured

Updated: Dec. 24, 2018 at 2:12 PM CST
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COLLIERVILLE, TN (WMC) - Four people are dead after a late night house fire.

The fire started just before 11:00 p.m. at a home on Autumn Winds Drive in Collierville.

Scott Symons was in his home just down the street.

He said he heard someone calling for help.

When he walked outside he saw the back of the house on fire.

"Then the neighbor from across the street came out and we were just trying to figure out where everybody was in the house and it was chaotic," said Symons.

Symons said that is when a 13-year-old jumped from a window to escape the flames.

Colliverville Bible Church identified the victims as Sharron, Joy and Aaron Naik. They are missionaries from India, all in their teens.

The fourth victim was 46-year-old Kari Coudriet.

The Coudriets were hosting the Naik family for the holidays.

Collierville Fire Chief Mark King told WMC the first floor of the house had no working smoke detectors.

The second floor, which is where all four rooms were, only had one smoke detector that went off.

He said he hasn't seen them in a few years, but this news really saddens him.

"It's one of those friendships where you see each other and you pick right back up where you left off," said Hawkins.

The two survivors, Danny Coudriet and his 13-year-old son Cole, were treated for smoke inhalation. Both are expected to survive.

French Camp Academy, the school that the children attended, released a statement.

“French Camp Academy is deeply saddened by the tragic event of last night’s fire in Collierville. We are fervently praying for the families involved and resting on the strong arms of our Heavenly Father to provide comfort and peace in a time like this. We understand that investigations are in process by Collierville authorities to explain the causes of the fire. We are asking everyone to join us in praying and supporting these precious families.”

Collierville Fire Chief Buddy Billings said the fire took about 20 or 30 minutes to get under control.

He said crews faced heavy smoke trying to get to the six people in the home.

The cause of the fire is not known. Officials have not released the names of the victims.

A GoFundMe was set up to help the Coudriet family. Click here if you’d like to donate.

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