City of Oak Ridge Fire Chief Darryl Kerley announced today that on
Sunday February 26, 2012 at 5:16 p.m. the Oak Ridge Fire Department received a call reporting
a grill on fire at a home located at 123 Clifton Circle in Oak Ridge. Upon arrival of the first fire
unit three minutes later, the entire front of the home and porch was fully engulfed in flames.

The owners stated they noticed the gas grill had caught fire, so they attempted to extinguish the
fire using two dry chemical extinguishers. They said the fire continued to grow rapidly as if the
extinguishers had no effect, so the mother instructed the three children to get out of the house.

The main front door exit was blocked by fire, so 13-year old Collin used the Fire Exit Plan his
family had discussed and practiced. He led his six and seven-year old brothers into the
basement and out the garage to safety at the road.

Their mother, Heather Franklin, stated that she heard Collin tell the boys “alright it’s time to go;
follow me” as they exited the home. She added that Collin had learned about EDITH “Exit Drills
In The Home” at school during fire prevention classes and they had practiced together as a

Ms. Franklin, a military mom, found their house on-line while serving in Afghanistan. After
returning home from her deployment, the family traveled to Oak Ridge from Virginia and
purchased the house. They have lived in Oak Ridge since December 2011 and plan on staying
here. Both parents were amazed how their neighbors immediately jumped into action
providing food, clothes, toys and shelter by the time the fire was extinguished that evening.

The American Red Cross was contacted by the fire department and responded to provide
additional assistance.

For more information contact the Oak Ridge Fire Department at (865) 425-3520.

News media contact: Amy Fitzgerald (865) 425-3554 or