Child unable to escape Bell Co. house fire perishes in blaze


A child has perished in a Bell County house fire.

Mark Smolick, 10, a student at Middlesboro Middle School, died Sunday night after he was unable to escape a fire at his home.

Firefighters arrived at the residence on Ironwood Road, in the heart of Middlesboro, at approximately 7:00 Sunday night and found the home was nearly fully engulfed in flames, according to multiple media reports. Five other people in the residence were able to escape the flames and suffered only minor injuries.

Officials have not said how the blaze began.

(Photo: Mark Smolick, courtesy of GoFundMe)

House where 10-year-old Mark Smolick perished in a residential blaze, courtesy of

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