One dead in Henderson Co. mobile home fire
HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — A mobile home fire has claimed one life Friday morning in Henderson County, according to the Henderson County Fire Department. Officials say the fire started around 11:30 a.m. just outside of Lexington and quickly spread throughout the mobile home, killing the woman inside. Investigators say there were no working smoke detectors. “I think everyone should have smoke detectors,” Neighbor Carey Brittain said. “It might have saved her life.” Family members, who did not want to release the woman’s name, say she was asleep inside the mobile home when the fire broke out. “I think it was the air conditioner,” the victims ex-husband Lynn Gatlin said. “She was sleeping on the couch and the fire started on this end of the trailer.” A man living across the street watched as another neighbor tried to save the woman from her burning home. “I didn’t know if there was anyone inside,” Carey Brittain said. “My neighbor ran to the door and he was beating on the door hollering and screaming her name.” Henderson County Fire Chief, Lynn Murphy, says next week is the start of fire prevention week and this incident should serve as a lesson. “Use this as an example that in this situation working smoke detectors could have saved a life,” Chief Murphy said. The victim’s ex-husband says the loss has been very hard on the family. “She loved her kids, loved her grand kids and it’s just a tragic loss,” Gatlin said. “Now I have to go tell her granddaughter and i’m already dreading it.” The bomb and arson squad was on scene Friday, but have not released the cause of the fire since they’re still investigating.