Donations accepted for children orphaned in Townsend fire
Iva Butler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The official cause of death of the woman found dead in the fire was smoke inhalation, according to an autopsy performed Tuesday morning at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
No positive identification of the body has been made, but the mother who lived in the house with the three children who safely escaped is missing.
Kristina Kallstrom lived in the farmhouse at 239 Webb Road with her two boys and one girl ages 5, 8 and 12.
The children, two of whom were barefoot, escaped the burning building safely on their own, with nothing but their clothing and a small dog, which one child was clutching.
Donations can be made to the Kallstrom Family Benefit at any U.S. Bank location. The fund will be overseen by the deacons of the family’s home church, Bethel Baptist Church.
The clothing needs of the children have been met, said Townsend Fire Chief Don Stallions. Only monetary donations are being accepted by the church, which is not logistically set up to accept clothing.
The father, Paul Robert Kallstrom, died Aug. 3 of a heart attack and is buried at Bethel Baptist Church.
Blount County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation into the fire’s cause and origin. Their mobile control center was taken to the site Monday and the scene will be under guard until the investigation is complete.
The children are under the Department of Children’s Services custody, according to Blount County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Marian O’Briant.