Two children lost their lives Sunday, April 6, when they were trapped in a burning mobile home in Sevier County, leaving their family to try to recover from the loss. Three-year-old Deseray Hailey Laws along with her four-year-old sister Loretta Lynn Laws perished in the blaze. The girls were found in their bedroom. The girls parents Richard and his wife Lana Marie and her six-year-old son from a previous relationship, Shawn Carey, escaped the fire.
Their home was located at 3029 Jess Wilson Road, Lot 21, a mobile home park near the Pigeon Forge town limits. Neighbors and family tried to reach the girls but were blocked by the fire.
The fire department received the call at approximately 5:41 a.m. and a preliminary investigation showed the fire was accidental. David Wear, a volunteer firefighter for Pigeon Forge said, “I’m not 100% sure, but some of the guys heard that there weren’t any smoke detectors in the home.” The Pigeon Forge Fire Department at this time does not have a program that supplies smoke detectors to homeowners that ask for them but they are working on starting that program.
A service for the girls will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Smoky Mountain Chapel in Pigeon Forge. The family received friends and family Tuesday at Oak Tree Lodge.

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