Man Killed, Wife Injured In House Fire In Columbia
Loyd Shults, killed in fire
Officer Jonathan Stotler, who also helped pull Karen Shults to safety.
Karen Shults and Loyd Shults
MAURY COUNTY, Tenn. – A man died and his wife was injured in a house fire in Columbia early Friday morning.
When fire crews got on the scene around 1:20 a.m., the home on East 17th Street at Bailey Street was fully engulfed in flames.
Shortly before firefighters arrived, Columbia Police officers and two bystanders rescued 42-year-old Karen Shults from the home by breaking out a back window. Firefighters were able to put out the fire quickly, but discovered her 41-year-old husband Loyd deceased inside the home.
"The firemen done [sic] a great job. For as much fire as we had on our arrival, they knocked it down real fast, and got in there and got to searching, and found the gentleman really fast, but it was just too late," Columbia Fire Assistant Chief Tim Holt.
Holt said he credits the officers with saving the woman's life.
Karen Schults,was taken Maury Regional Medical Center, then transferred to a Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. She received burns, but it was unclear how serious they were.
Neighbors said the couple had two dogs. One of them was killed in the fire.
Fire investigators said the couple was using electric and kerosene heaters in their homes, but representatives from the State Fire Marshal's Office, the Columbia Fire Marshal's office and detectives with the Columbia Police Department were on scene to determine the cause of the fire. Officials said the fire appeared to be accidental.
(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)