UPDATE: 1 confirmed fatality in overnight fire in Rutherford
GIBSON COUNTY, Tenn. — Fire leaves one person dead and destroys a nearly century-old home in Rutherford.
Chief Rahm says a mother and daughter were inside the home at the time. The daughter was able to make it out, but the mother, who’s believed to be in her 80s, did not.
“I just saw the flashing off of the house right there, and I was just wondering what was going on until I got up and walked down here,” a neighbor said.
The Madison County Fire Department brought in their big ladder truck trying to help anyone thought to be trapped inside the large house get out safely.
Several other agencies were on scene fighting the blaze as well.
“Rutherford fire, Dyer fire, Gibson County fire, Madison County fire is assisting,” Rahm said. “They brought over an aerial truck, and it allowed us to get the fire out.”
Hours later, crews were still on scene putting out hot spots and trying to find out what started the blaze.
“This is where we go in and make sure the fire is completely out,” Rahm said. “We’ll be doing an assessment of the property itself to see if there is anything that can be salvaged out of it.”
The home is known around Gibson County.
“We’re not quite sure of the age, but it’s been here for as long as I can remember,” Rahm said.
According to online records, the house was built in 1920.
Officials have not released the name of the woman killed.
Officials say because there was a death involved, arson investigators are on scene trying to determine what started the fire.