One killed, another critically hurt in Brentwood house fire

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Posted at 9:07 AM, Feb 01, 2023
and last updated 2023-02-01 22:03:48-05

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (WTVF) — A woman died on Tuesday night after she was found inside a burning home in Brentwood's River Oaks subdivision.

Fire & Rescue officials said crews were called to a house on Bridlewood Lane around 10:30 p.m. They found heavy smoke and flames.

Neighbors in the River Oaks neighborhood in Brentwood were alerted to the sounds of sirens and the sight of smoke coming from this home Tuesday night.

The fire killed 69-year-old Kyong Sylvest and critically injured her 78-year-old husband Ole T. Sylvest.

"They were a wonderful family, and we all do kind of look out for each other. And so, it was just after we got some of the news this morning. I mean, it was just devastating to us," said neighbor Beverly Winstead.

Brentwood Fire and Rescue say the first call for help came from inside the home.

First responders found the victim near the front door.

"It was a shame that she had made it that far. You know, so when we don't know about the husband, we just know that He's in critical condition," Winstead said.

Winstead has lived in the subdivision for 40 years.

She lives across the street from the victims and says this is heartbreaking news.

"It was kind of devastating to us because as I said, we are a really close neighborhood, which is rare today. And so, when something kind of happens like this, and as long as they had been there too, it's like family and your heart just goes out because it is devastating."

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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