Staff photo by Michael Thomason
Firefighters prepare to wet a car down as a house on Church Road finishes burning to the ground
Wednesday afternoon. The residence of the house, Hazel Dailey, suffered burns on a large part
of her body and later died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
|Published: 9:21 AM, 01/14/2013
Author: Michael Thomason
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
MADISONVILLE-A Monroe County woman has
died from injuries she sustained when her house burned down Wednesday
Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy Chase
Nipper said it was around 12:30 p.m. when he arrived at 243 Church
Road in the southern part of the county and found several people
fighting a house fire with buckets of water.
Nipper asked if anyone was trapped
inside the house and was told the home's only occupant was in a
truck parked at the end of the driveway.
Nipper said the house belonged to Hazel
Ruth Dailey, 80, and she had suffered burns on both arms, her chest
area, her head and on the right portion of her body. Nipper said she
couldn't say much, but she did give him her name and date of birth.
Nipper said he talked with Perry
Philpott who said it was around 12:20 p.m. when he saw thick smoke in
the area and went to investigate. He said he saw Dailey's residence
fully burning and saw Dailey standing in the doorway of the house.
Philpott said Dailey's clothes had
been burned off and he put his jacket on her and put her in his
A family member contacted The Advocate
& Democrat and said Dailey had died overnight after the fire. She
died from smoke inhalation surrounded by her family. The relative
thanked everyone who helped fight the fire and especially to Philpott
for the kindness he showed Dailey.
Firefighter Todd Torbett, in command at
the scene, said the cause of the fire hadn't been determined yet,
but the investigation was ongoing.
Notchey Creek, Mt. Vernon, Englewood
and Tellico Plains volunteer fire departments, along with the
Madisonville Fire Department all responded to the scene.
Dailey had been taken to Vanderbilt's
burn treatment center and passed away around 9 .m. that night.
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