On December 16th, 2018, a candle tipped over in a first-floor apartment of the Twyckenham Apartments in Lafayette, Indiana. The resulting fire quickly spread into the second-floor apartment directly above.
Jared Mosgrove scrambled to rescue his three children from the rapidly-spreading apartment fire. He was able to get his 11-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter out of the apartment with minor to moderate injuries. However, the fire and the smoke overwhelmed him, making it impossible to find his 6-year-old daughter, Kenzie.
Firefighters who arrived on scene managed to locate Kenzie in the living room, which happened to be directly above the source of the blaze one story below. She was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Initial reports state Kenzie suffered burns on approximately 60% of her body. It is believed Kenzie will need several months of intensive hospitalization to treat her injuries.
According to Lafayette fire investigators, the smoke detector in Mosgrove’s apartment was malfunctioning. It is not known at this time if the apartment complex failed to provide the family with a working smoke detector, or if the property owners failed to conduct routine fire alarm inspections. It is also possible the smoke detector may have been malfunctioning as a result of manufacturing errors.
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