MADISONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A neighbor managed to lead a woman out of her burning home in Monroe County, but she later died.
Perry Philpott told WVLT-TV it grieved him to learn of Ruth Dailey's death, but said her grandchildren got to say goodbye to her after he rescued Dailey from her home just after noon Thursday.
Family members said Dailey was showing signs of dementia and was a heavy smoker.
Philpott said he ran into Dailey's house when he saw smoke and found her standing. He put his arm around her and guided her out.
Dailey was taken to the burn center at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, where she later died.
The home was destroyed.
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