Elizabethton woman, 2-year-old girl critically injured in apartment fire

ELIZABETHTON, TN (WJHL) – A Tri-Cities mother and daughter are still in critical condition on Thursday after a fire ripped through their apartment Wednesday night.

Elizabethton Police Chief Jason Shaw said firefighters got the call about the fire at the apartment, located at 916 Pine Ridge Circle, Apt. C, right before 6 p.m.

Shaw said Dana Keeling, 20, and her 2-year-old daughter, Sara, lived in the apartment and both were reported to be in critical condition following the fire.

Keeling and her daughter were initially taken to Sycamore Shoals, but the 2-year-old was later transferred to Niswonger Children’s Hospital. Keeling was also going to be transferred to another hospital for treatment.

Shaw said the fire damage was in the lower level of the apartment, but said smoke damage was extensive throughout the apartment.

Neighbor, April Bardo described the moment she saw two year old Sara taken out of the blaze.

“When they brought her out, she was a little limp rag doll, I thought it was a doll and then realized that it was the baby coming out and she was as limp as limp could be, it broke my heart,” Bardo said.

Tennessee Bomb and Arson, Elizabethton Fire Department and Elizabethton Police Department all responded to the scene.

Elizabethton Police Chief Jason Shaw said no one else in the building was injured. Residents were allowed back in the building Wednesday night.

The Tennessee Fire Marshall will help Elizabethton investigators determine the cause of the fire.

Keep checking WJHL.com for updates on this story as more information becomes available.

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