Tenn. Firefighter Falls Through Floor in House Fire


A deaf woman remained hospitalized in critical condition after an early morning house fire Saturday.

Linda Mackey is at Vanderbilt Medical Center after a fire started at about 4 a.m. at her home near the corner of Foster Avenue and Valeria Street in the Woodbine area of Nashville.

Mackey's son, Charlie, tried to go into the burning home to rescue his mother, neighbors say. However, Macky is deaf and couldn't hear him yelling and the smoke was too thick.

Nashville firefighters said the home was filled with flames by the time first responders arrived.

District Chief Ricky Taylor said one fireman suffered minor injuries when he fell through the floor.

"The other firefighters were able to get him out quickly," Taylor said. "He was evaluated. He's okay."

Firefighters found the woman in a rear bedroom.

"The firefighters got her out quickly," Taylor said. "Paramedics started advanced life support procedures, and she was transported to Vanderbilt (Hospital) in extremely critical condition."

Investigators were still trying to determine what caused the fire.

Neighbors said the home's smoke alarm was going off when crews arrived.

The woman's husband was away camping when the fire began and later returned home to learn about the blaze.

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