East Nashville woman dies in house fire - WKRN News 2

East Nashville woman dies in house fire

Posted: Updated: Jan 21, 2014 12:45 PM CST
Firefighters on the scene Monday night in east Nashville. Firefighters on the scene Monday night in east Nashville.
Crews work to put out the fire Monday night. Crews work to put out the fire Monday night.
The flames rekindled Tuesday just before 6 a.m. The flames rekindled Tuesday just before 6 a.m.
Crew battle the fire for the second time. 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.

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