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Fire In Madison Destroys One Side Of Duplex Home

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By: Heather Graf

MADISON, Tenn. - There's no good timing for a house fire, but to lose everything you own just days before the New Year seems almost cruel.  It happened Sunday morning to an elderly woman in Madison.

Firefighters say the blaze broke out at about 8:00 a.m. at a home on Myatt Drive. When they pulled out of the fire station, they could see the smoke from several blocks away.

"When we arrived on the scene, flames were already shooting 20 feet in the air," said District Chief Don Alford with the Nashville Fire Department.  "It had already broken through the roof on the back side of the house."

Since it's a duplex home, there was not just one family in danger, but two.

Firefighters say the elderly woman who lived on the side of the duplex where the fire originated actually ran from her home to alert the family living on the other side of the duplex.

"She had her pajamas on and was barefooted," said that neighbor.  "And she said my house is on fire, and we grabbed a few things from our side and got out."

The 87-year-old woman, whose name has not yet been released, was transported to the hospital to be checked out for smoke inhalation and some minor burns.  She is expected to be okay.

"Family is taking good care of her at this time," said Alford.

Her neighbors will likely do the same, when it comes time to rebuild.  They say they are grateful for her quick action, and believe it's the reason no lives were lost.

The other side of the duplex had some smoke damage but was not destroyed.

Firefighters say the woman had several pets that did not survive.




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