WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — A woman was killed and a man was critically injured in a fire at a Brentwood home Tuesday night.

Firefighters were called to the home in the 6000 block of Bridlewood Lane in the River Oaks subdivision around 10:30 p.m. after receiving a 911 call from inside the home. A second call came into dispatch from a cellphone user.

The Brentwood Fire & Rescue Department (BFRD) and the Brentwood Police Department (BPD) both responded to the scene and were met with heavy smoke and flames upon arrival.

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“The fire had obviously been burning for an extended period prior to being reported,” said BFRD Fire Marshal Jeff Pender in a release.

Almost immediately after crews arrived, a woman was found near the front door and quickly removed from the home by fire crews and a Brentwood officer. She was taken outside, where she treated by Brentwood Fire medics and Williamson Emergency Medical Services (WEMS).

The Brentwood Fire Department reported a man who lives in the home was also located and received medical attention.

Both were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where the woman — identified by officials as 69-year-old Kyong S. Sylvest — died from her injuries. Her husband was released from the hospital Thursday.

Neighbors told News 2 this is a major loss for their tight-knit community.

“It’s not like oh yeah, there’s a house there and a house there, we all know each other. And so it was very devastating,” neighbor Beverly Winstead said.

Winstead said her son noticed smoke coming from the home Tuesday night, but by the time they called 911, crews were already arriving.

“When something like this hits, it is like something has happened to a family member,” Winstead said.

Winstead said the neighborhood was reminiscing about the beloved couple, who used to own a dog they all loved.

“The neighbors were all talking about their little dog, he was named Tiny. He wasn’t that tiny, but he was Tiny, and he was kind of a neighborhood dog.”

A Brentwood police officer was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation and another officer sustained a burn to his hand. Both were taken to the emergency room at Williamson Medical Center, treated and released. These officers were part of the initial rescue attempt.

A firefighter also sustained a minor ankle injury.

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According to Pender, the fire appears to have started in the kitchen and was accidental. The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time by the BFRD, BPD, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Investigators are expected to be on the property for most of the day.

No additional information was immediately released.