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56-Year-Old Paralyzed Woman Killed In Joelton House Fire

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Joyce Callis Joyce Callis
Joyce Callis Joyce Callis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A paralyzed woman was killed and her husband injured in a fire that destroyed a home in Joelton early Tuesday morning.

Family members said 56-year-old Joyce Callis died in the fire at the home she shared with her husband, Michael, on Bracey Circle, off Old Clarksville Pike.

Ashland City Fire Chief said Michael was able to escape the home around 4:30 a.m. and go to a neighbor's home to call 911. Officials said Callis was unable to get out of the home on her own because she was paralyzed in a 2008 motorcycle accident.

Michael told investigators he tried to go back in and save her, but the fire was too strong. He suffered burns to his shoulder, and was treated at the scene.

Joyce's family said it is their faith that is helping them through the tragedy.

"They're going to find out what happened, let me know and I told them if they can tell me exactly what happened, I will take that and I will go with that and I will find peace with God over it," said Joyce Callis' sister Betty Felts.

Family members said they had been trying to get Habitat for Humanity to build a wheelchair accessible home for the couple.

Fire investigators were trying to determine what started the fire. Fire officials said there were no fire sprinklers in the home, and it was unclear if there were working smoke detectors inside the home.

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