COLUMBIA, Tenn. – A house fire claimed the life of a man early Wednesday morning in Maury County after his elderly mother managed to escape.
The blaze broke out at about 12:30 a.m. at the home located in the 400 block of Hannaway Street in Columbia.
The victim, who is in his upper 60s, suffered severe burns.
Jewell Hampton lives nearby.
“When I got here, fire was gushing out of all the windows, all the doors, it was totally engulfed,” he told News 2.
Hampton said the elderly woman who lived in the home was standing in the street, shivering, with no shoes on when he arrived on the scene.
“Her son told her to get out and woke her up and said get out because he was already on fire,” Hampton recalled.
The woman told neighbors her son was tending to a fire in the front room of the home when the blaze broke out.
She said her son ran out of the house on fire and died in the neighbor's driveway.
Hampton said the mother had lived in the neighborhood for more than 50 years.
The victim's age and name have not been released pending positive identification and an autopsy.
The Columbia Police Department and the state fire marshal's office are investigating the cause of the fire.
The home is a total loss.