Man Gave His Own Life Trying To Help Save His Neighbors
LAFAYETTE, Tenn. - A man who gave his own life trying to save his neighbors from a deadly house fire is being called a hero.
Danny Nash ran over to help when he saw his neighbors' house on fire Sunday night. The fire broke out at a home on Cave Hollow Road in Lafayette in Macon County around 7:00 p.m. Sunday.
Robert Solomon, 80 and his wife Barbara, 73 along with Barbara's sister Alice Cockrill, 65, were all inside the home.
Nash and another neighbor Tom Dawes went over to the home when they saw flames coming out of it. "He didn't get the back open, but he came running back around and said, ‘Tom, get off the porch. It's going to fall," said Dawes. "He went back, and that's the last I heard him say."
That's when the Solomon's son, Chris, said the house caved in. "He gave his life trying to save my folks," said Solomon.
Robert Solomon suffered from Alzheimer's, his wife Barbara was a recently retired nurse who'd had a knee replacement.
Danny Nash and his wife Sheila were going to celebrate their 36th wedding anniversary this month. She said she tried to get her husband to wait for firefighters, but he couldn't just stand back and do nothing. "That's just the way he was. That was him. That's what he would do. He wanted to help people, and that's what he would do," said Sheila Nash.
"You know, I've got peace in my heart. I know where my mama and Daddy are today," said Chris Solomon. "It's a blessing that God allowed then to leave this world together."
Monday evening, a hot spot flared up at the scene of the fire. Fire crews came back out to put it out. Investigators planned to be back out at the scene on Tuesday to determine the cause of the fire.
Funerals for both families are being handled by the Alexander Funeral Home in Lafayette.