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Young Teen Saves Sister in Raging House Fire that Kills Parents

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

A young, Tennessee teenager is reeling after an overnight fire that killer her parents and three of her siblings. 13-year-old Lilly Pollack woke up to a smoky room, bur was able to get outside. She then heard your younger sister, 8-year-old Rose Pollack, calling out from inside the home. Lilly then ran back in and saved her sister, before running over to their grandmother’s home, next door, and calling 911.

Lilly tried to save the rest of her family too, but she was unable to get back inside due to the intense heat.

As saddening as it is to hear that she lost her family, Lilly is no doubt a hero for saving her little Rose.

ABC News reports:

The fire was reported before midnight Thursday in Buchanan, along the Kentucky state line about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Nashville.

Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department Chief Reggie Coles said the home was already two-thirds engulfed when firefighters arrived. The victims were likely already deceased, he said, and firefighters couldn’t get into the house because of the raging fire. Afterward, officials couldn’t find any smoke detectors in the charred home.

Coles called it the “worst tragedy I’ve ever seen in my 40 years in the fire service.”

Belew said parents Jimmy Pollack and Carrie Pollack, and their children, 14-year-old Jimmy Dale Pollack Jr.; 3-year-old Callie Pollack; and 4-year-old Ivy Pollack died in the fire.

Rose had minor burns to the neck, face and arms and was taken to the hospital, Belew said.

While the cause of the fire is still unknown, officials think it may be faulty wiring or a wood stove. They are still investigating.

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About the author

Keely Sharp

Keely Sharp

Keely is a 23-year-old conservative writer for many different sites, including While she lives in Georgia, she grew up in Florida. Keely is pro-life, Christian, and a member of the NRA. When she is not writing, she enjoys going to the range and hiking with her dogs.

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