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The 65-year-old woman who was burned and seriously injured while trying to save her three pets from a house fire on Wednesday afternoon died overnight at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, authorities said.
Martha B. Bailey and Adra Denton of Oak Ridge had arrived at Bailey’s home at 131 Ridge Lane around 3 p.m. Wednesday after grocery shopping. When they opened the front door, the house burst into flames, and Bailey went in to try to rescue her dogs and cat, according to an Anderson County Sheriff’s Department incident report.
Denton tried to stop Bailey from entering the burning, single-story home, and eventually got her back to the front door, where she collapsed, Deputy Wiley A. Maloney reported.
Maloney and Anderson County Sheriff’s Department Reserve Deputy Gene Rose and Marlow Volunteer Fire Department Captain Zach Pressnell helped pull Bailey, who was still conscious but laying on the floor a few feet from the front door, from the house. Pressnell said fire was rolling out of the front door when he arrived, burning the eaves.
Maloney said Bailey had major burns covering her body, and her clothing had been burned off completely. He and Rose picked her up and moved her into the front yard away from the burning house, and they covered her with a wet coat that was near the front door, Maloney said. [Read more…]