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Electrical Fire Claims Lives of Mother & Son in TN

MUSCLE SHOALS, TENNESSEE – The cause of a house fire Saturday that killed a woman and her son was electrical, the state fire marshal said Monday.

“We can’t pinpoint the exact origin where the fire started or what it started from, but from the investigation we have determined that the most probable cause is electrical,” State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk said.

Nina Tackett, 70, and Kenny Logan, 48, died inside their Wisconsin Avenue residence after they were overcome by smoke and fire, officials said.

The fire was reported at 3:12 a.m. According to Muscle Shoals Fire Marshal Donald Ray Coons, more than half of the house was on fire when the first firefighters arrived.

Coons said the fire spread quickly, but firefighters got it under control shortly after 4 a.m.

Coons said fire investigators were able to determine that the fire started in the southeast corner of the house, which is a living room/den.

“There was a bay there, at the front of the house, and it started somewhere around that bay window area of the room,” he said.

The bodies of the two victims were found at the rear of the house.

Officials said Tackett’s body was in the kitchen in front of the refrigerator while Logan was near the back door.

Friends said Tackett’s and Logan’s bedrooms were on the western side of the house.

Coons said this is the first fire fatality in the city in more than 20 years.

“This affects us; our thoughts and prayers have been with this family,” Coons said. “It’s been on my mind all weekend. All I could think about was what caused it and could it have been prevented.

“It makes you want to work harder to teach fire prevention safety to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“The last thing we want to have to hear when we get to a fire is there is someone in the house. That’s why we teach and preach fire prevention to keep this from happening.”

Officials said family told them there were working smoke detectors in the house.

Story via TimesDaily.com

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