Thursday, December 15, 2005

Elderly woman dies in house fire

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

An 81-year-old Holly Springs woman died in a house fire early Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Holly Springs Fire Chief Kenny Holbrook said Lannie Mae Scott was killed in the fire at 208 Jarrott Street.

Fireman James Richmond, who lives next door to Scott, discovered the fire just after midnight.

“I heard a boom, and then peeped out the window and saw the flames,” Richmond said. “I called 911. They (fellow firemen) came on, and we went to work.”

Holbrook said the fire appeared to be accidental and apparently started near a propane heater in a small back room of the wood frame house.

“There was a lot of heavy burning in the roof rafters over the heater area, and everything in front of it was destroyed,” Holbrook said.

He said Scott apparently got out of bed during the fire, breathed in gases from the blaze and passed out. Her bedroom was adjacent to the small room where the fire originated. There was no door between the two rooms.

Her daughter, Minnie P. Scott, was also in the house and was able to escape through the downstairs. Holbrook said she apparently awoke but “couldn’t even get into the hallway because the fire hit her in the face.”

“There’s a beauty parlor downstairs, and the door to there is how she got out,” he said.

Holbrook said the fire was through the roof when the department reached the scene.

“It was rolling and going,” he said. “We knocked it out quickly and found her (Scott), but it was too late.”

He said the boom heard by Richmond was likely an overheated container.

“It (the fire) was likely rolling pretty good before the explosion was heard,” Holbrook said.

The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation by Holbrook, county fire investigator Jevon Adkins, Tony Dunn with the state fire marshal’s office and the county coroner’s office.

Holbrook said it is standard procedure to involve the state fire marshal’s office when a fatality is involved.

Funeral services for Scott were Saturday, Dec. 10, at Holy Family School Auditorium. She was born June 18, 1924, in Marshall County and was a retired social worker.

Chief Holbrook urged home safety during cold weather, including working smoke detectors and having all heating systems checked. He said the cold temperatures push heating units to the extreme. He said people burning gas or wood also need carbon monoxide detectors.

“Please, be as safe as possible,” Holbrook said.


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