Friends, Family Remember Man Killed In Medford Trailer Fire

By: Jim Freeman
By: Jim Freeman

Anderson County (WVLT) -- A Clinton man is dead after a fire broke out inside his mobile home early Tuesday morning.

Kenneth Kyle Collins was disabled and unable to escape the flames.

According to family and friends, Kenny wasn't able to get around much anymore.

He was confined to a wheelchair due to a debilitating disease, but even so, he was quick to lend a hand to anyone who needed it.

Kenny had only lived in the mobile home in Medford’s Carroll Hollow Trailer Park for the past couple of weeks, but it burned to the ground in a matter of minutes.

Fire crews were on scene quickly, but it was already fully engulfed by flames.

All Kenny’s neighbors could do, was watch.

"When that happened early this morning, I tried to get him and I couldn't because I knew he was in there,” said Don Golden, who was staying just across the street. “I couldn't get to him, it was just too involved."

Kenny was trapped and couldn't get out.

Hours later, his family visited the trailer he lost his life and you couldn’t tell the rain from the tears that were shed.

"Our parents are both gone,” said a tearful Kelley Collins, Kenny’s younger sister. “I have two children and he is the one that helped me with my kids. It has been just me and him. Now, I'm by myself.

Bubbie, as Kelley called Kenny, suffered from Muscular Dystrophy, and was confined to a wheel chair after breaking his back in April.

Rhonda Jenkins grew up with Kenny and knew him well.

“He had a heart of gold and loved his niece and nephew,” she said.

Jenkins and Kelley also recalled his playful side, remembering him as a prankster, trouble-maker and huge NASCAR fan.

"He didn't think there was anybody else other than Tony Stewart,” Kelley said. “That was his driver, so my daughter and I, when we'd find Tony Stewart stuff, would buy it."

According to family and friends, the race fan they called Bubbie, Uncle Kenny, trouble-maker and trouble-fixer now has another name.

"You just can't ask for a better person,” Jenkins said, “and God has got him a good angel."

Kenny's friend Melody said he had been sick all day yesterday, and around 3:00 AM Tuesday he felt like eating, so she ran out to get something.

When she came back about 20-minutes later, the home was on fire.

Kenny also left behind a nephew and niece.

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  • by Teresa Location: Indianapolis, IN on Aug 9, 2009 at 02:14 PM
    I was so sad when I found out about Kenny. God truly does have a new angel, who always had a smile for everyone, but he was quite the prankster. I have been trying to contact his sister since I found out in April 2009 when someone emailed me. I wish she could call me, we are in the phone book so she should be able to find me. Kenny will always be in my heart, thoughts and prayers. Teresa & Lester Skaggs


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