1 killed in Dickson County house fire - WKRN News 2

1 killed in Dickson County house fire

Posted: Updated: May 12, 2013 06:21 PM
VANLEER, Tenn. -

One person was killed in a house fire in Vanleer, about 55 miles away from Nashville, Saturday night.

According to Mayor Larry Robertson, the home at 4900 Highway 49 West was engulfed in flames when the fire department got there just before 10 p.m.

The Vanleer Volunteer Fire Department, Cumberland Furnace and Dickson County Rescue Squad all responded to the scene.

Neighbors saw smoke coming from the house and tried to go in to help before firefighters arrived.

Tammy Nesbitt's son, Joey, was one of the ones who tried to get the victim out.

"They went around the front of the house and were screaming his name the whole time," Nesbitt said.

They opened the door to try and go in, but the smoke and flames pushed them back.

"And it's just a hopeless and helpless feeling to know that your friend is in there and you can't get in to him."

Family members identified the victim as Mike Hudgins, a man in his 40's. 

Hudgins' dog, Cassie, escaped the burning house when neighbors attempted to go in. Neighbors cared for the dog until family members could pick her up.

The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

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