Firefighters on the scene Monday night in east Nashville.
Crews work to put out the fire Monday night.
The flames rekindled Tuesday just before 6 a.m.
Crew battle the fire for the second time.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
A 57-year-old woman was killed when her east Nashville home caught fire Monday night.
Officials said the fire originated in a front room of the home on Carter Avenue around 10 p.m. Flames were shooting from the roof and at least a dozen fire crews were on the scene for over two hours.
When the fire subsided, crews found Carol Malia Tucker dead inside.
Neighbor Tommy Luker told News 2 he attempted to enter the home before emergency personnel arrived.
"I heard someone yelling for their mother and I looked out the window and the house across the street was engulfed in flames. I went around and kicked in the back door. When I finally got through it, it was so hot you couldn't go in. It was just too hot," Luker recalled.
Around 5:45 a.m. Tuesday, the fire rekindled. Flames engulfed the entire home, sending smoke billowing in the air.
It took firefighters another 30 minutes to extinguish the blaze.
The district fire chief told News 2 it is uncommon for a fire to rekindle so many hours after being extinguished. He blamed the wind and said nothing suspicious was suspected.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.