Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect the information received in a press release from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office.
BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — The West Ridge community is mourning the loss of one of its students.
According to a press release from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO), Gracie McBryant, 14, passed away early Saturday morning after a camper caught fire.
A spokesperson for the SCSO says a camper at a residence on Ayrshire Road in Bristol, Tennessee caught fire just before six Saturday morning. According to the release, the SCSO’s Criminal Division and Special Agent fire investigators with the TBI are investigating the fire, although it appears to be accidental.
Gracie was in 9th grade and played clarinet in the band at the high school. Posts from the band and school say Gracie was a standout member, loved by many and a “beautiful soul with a radiant energy.”
Counselors, Mental Health Professionals and Pastoral Care will reportedly be available to students and staff beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday.
The school’s post states a GoFundMe will be created and the band will be taking up donations for her family.