A house fire takes the life of a teenager |


On November 8, at approximately 5:15 a.m., Graves County Emergency Response Services were dispatched to 120 Mountain Ridge Road in the community of Clear Springs for a residential house fire with someone trapped.

Upon arrival at the scene, first responders found the house completely submerged. First responders were notified that 17-year-old Sierra Madelyn Walker was still at the residence.

Through investigation, it was determined that family members made several attempts to get Walker out, but due to the size of the fire at the time, they were unable to reach her.

Graves County Coroner Brad Jones pronounced Walker dead at the scene.

Walker is survived by his mother, Connie Travis, his father, Donnie Travis, his stepfather David Stinson, as well as four sisters and five brothers.

Donations for Walker’s funeral expenses can be made to the Sierra Walker Memorial Fund at any CFSB location.

The family needs clothing and personal items. Men’s size 38 x 32 pants, XXL shirts and size 13 shoes, and women’s size 22 pants and XXL shirts can be dropped off at 303 W. 15th St. in Benton.

The investigation is still ongoing by the Kentucky Fire Marshall’s office. The preliminary investigation showed that the fire was electrical in nature.

Walker will be buried today at the Cuba Baptist Church Cemetery.

Graves County Rescue Team, Clear Springs Fire Department, Viola Fire Department, Graves County Emergency Management, Mayfield-Graves County Emergency Department, Provost Kentucky State Fire Department, Graves County Coroner’s Office and Graves County Sheriff’s Office responded and assisted at the scene.


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