East Nashville woman dies in house fire

East Nashville woman dies in house fire (Image 1)

A 57-year-old woman was killed when her east Nashville home caught fire Monday night.

Officials said the fire originated in a front room of the home on Carter Avenue around 10 p.m.  Flames were shooting from the roof and at least a dozen fire crews were on the scene for over two hours.

When the fire subsided, crews found Carol Malia Tucker dead inside.

Neighbor Tommy Luker told News 2 he attempted to enter the home before emergency personnel arrived.

“I heard someone yelling for their mother and I looked out the window and the house across the street was engulfed in flames. I went around and kicked in the back door. When I finally got through it, it was so hot you couldn't go in. It was just too hot,” Luker recalled.

Around 5:45 a.m. Tuesday, the fire rekindled.  Flames engulfed the entire home, sending smoke billowing in the air.

It took firefighters another 30 minutes to extinguish the blaze.

The district fire chief told News 2 it is uncommon for a fire to rekindle so many hours after being extinguished.  He blamed the wind and said nothing suspicious was suspected.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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