A 79-year-old woman died in the emergency room Tuesday morning after her home was destroyed by fire that previous evening.
Washington County Coroner Mark Styninger said his office was dispatched to the Washington County Hospital ER, where Linda L. Hawkins was pronounced dead.
Ashley Fire Chief Jack Boczek had said his department and the Nashville and Irvington Fire Protection districts were called to Hawkins’ home in Ashley at 11:53 p.m. Monday for reports of a house fire. Boczek said Hawkins, her husband and daughter were at home when the blaze broke out, and while they were able to leave, Hawkins reportedly returned inside for an undetermined reason.
“All of the occupants escaped the burning home but for an unknown reason, Linda returned inside the home and never came back out,” Styninger said. “She was rescued from the home by firefighters and ambulance personnel and taken to the hospital.”
Hawkins was taken to Washington County Hospital The cause of death was determined to be smoke inhalation, and it has been considered an accident. No foul play is suspected.
Updated: September 7, 2021 to correct when the fire occurred.