Identities Released Of Four Victims In Macon County Fire
LAFAYETTE, Tenn. – Officials have released the identities of the four people killed in a tragic fire in Macon County.
Killed in the fire were 80-year-old Robert Solomon, 73-year-old Barbra Solomon, 65-year-old Alice Cockrill and their neighbor, 54-year-old Danny Nash.
Firefighters were called to the home on Cave Hollow Road in Lafayette around 7 p.m. Sunday, about 65 miles northeast of Nashville. When they arrived on scene there was heavy smoke and flames coming from every angle of the house.
Robert Solomon, his wife, Barbra, and her sister Alice Cockrill lived inside the home. Officials said each of the residents had health problems that made it difficult for them to escape the fire. All three were home when the fire started.
"They did have an alarm. I guess what was against them was the older elderly gentleman was an Alzheimer's patient and his wife had both hips replaced and maybe a knee replaced. She was, I'm sure trying to get him out. She was in bed and couldn't get out," said Chief Keith Scruggs with the Macon County Fire Department.
Nash ran into the house after seeing the fire. He ran into the flames to try and pull the others out.
"There was a neighbor that had actually come across the street and went in to try to rescue an elderly invalid lady. Unfortunately the invalid lady and the neighbor succumbed, as well. Four people have perished in this fire," said Chief Scruggs.
There were several small explosions as firefighters were putting out the fire. They think oxygen tanks and propane tanks might have been responsible. Neighbors said at least one of the residents was using an oxygen tank.
Scruggs said the deaths were a terrible tragedy in the community. He knew the victims personally and said the tragedy was one of the worst things that has happened in Macon County since he became fire chief 39 years ago.
Investigators were still working to determine the cause of the fire. They expected to be at the site for much of the day, working to piece together what happened.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:24 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:24:42 GMT
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