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House fire kills one in Estill Springs

Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 9:59 am

The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department and Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Department responded early Thursday morning (Nov. 2) to a fatal fire in Estill Springs.

Just before 1 a.m., Deputy Tim Cooper was dispatched to  682 Wimbley Road, where it was reported that there was a structure fire with one person still inside. Deputies Nick Graham and Joey Ricco were also on the scene, along with the Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Department.

Michael Cook, who resided in the home with his mother, said he discovered the fire when he arrived at the residence from Manchester. Cook and his sister, Mary Frances Cook Jones, found their mother, Sara Ruth Cook, 79, on the floor.

When emergency personnel were able to get her out of the home they realized she had perished in the fire. Her body was taken to the medical examiner’s office in Nashville for an autopsy, which is standard procedure.

The fire remains under investigation by the Tennessee Bomb and Arson and the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department.