Townsend fire that killed widowed mother caused by electrical issue

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 Investigators have discovered the cause of a fire in Townsend that killed the widowed mother of three.

The fire was caused by an electrical issue in a back bedroom.

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Families, churches, schools, and sports teams are rallying around the children who lost their widowed mother in a fire early Monday morning.

Community members say Christina Kallstrum died in that fire, while her children escaped.  Investigators have still not positively identified her body.

Two of the three children who escaped the home on the 200 block of Webb Road are students at Townsend Elementary.

The principal at the school, Steve Stout, said he has been getting calls about how to help the kids.

The children are staying with other family members, who are planning funeral arrangements.

"They're pretty resilient children. They've been through a lot in their lives. You know, they lost their father in August, and now this has happened," said Stout. "it's just tragic for them. But they'll, they'll come through it.  But with the help of the community, they'll be fine."

A fund has been set up through U.S. Bank entitled the Kallstrom Family Benefit.

Checks and monetary donations should be made out to Bethel Baptist Church, located at 132 Bethel Church Road.

Area schools are also planning upcoming fundraisers.

According to the Blount County Sheriff's Department, the mother of four died from smoke inhalation.

No word yet on what started the fire.

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