UPDATE: Smoke Detectors in Murfreesboro Home Believed to have been removed, Prior to Fire that left a Mother and Son Dead

Feb 22, 2021 at 11:21 am by WGNS


We have more news on a January 30th fire that left a mother and her son dead. Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Chief Mark Foulks stated...



33-Year old Kendra LaNae Malone and her 5-year-old son Kamden Joseph Hayes, died in the duplex fire on January 30, 2021 on Craig Court. Sadly, smoke detectors were believed to have been removed from the the duplex…



Chief Foulks said if the smoke alarms were in the home when fire broke out, the occupants would have heard the alarm in time to leave.

The Craig Court fire has been ruled as "Accidental." 

Original Report: 

A tragic early Saturday morning (1/30/2021) blaze at a duplex on Craig Court took the life of a mother and her 7-year old son. 

In the cold, dark hours around 3:00 o'clock, Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department responded.

Batallion Chief Joe Bell described what first responders saw, "Flames were coming through the roof of one side of the duplex, and heavy smoke filled the night air."

Fire crews found the 33-year-old mother and her son in a bedroom of the duplex and removed them from the structure. Paramedics immediately began treating the two, with assistance from Rutherford County Emergency Medical Service personnel. The mother and child were pronounced dead at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital.

Bell said the duplex sustained significant fire, smoke, and water damage.

Murfreesboro Police Department officers assisted a woman with getting out of the other side of the duplex. She was not injured. 

Chief Bell noted, “There was minimal damage to the other side of the duplex. Electric crews turned off the power, so the occupant was not able to stay there.”

Craig Court is a short street that connects with Huntwood Street, and is just off E. Northfield Boulevard, near the Colony House Apartments.