Police suspect homicide in Giles County fire

By Elizabeth Gentle - bio | email

PULASKI, AL (WAFF) - A Giles County, Tennessee woman is dead after her home caught fire.

It happened Tuesday morning at 472 Hicks Cut Road in Pulaski.  Investigators are calling her death a homicide.

The house caught fire just after 11 a.m.  Family and friends tried desperately to contact the woman who lived there.

Nearly 12 hours after the fire broke out, rescue crews found her remains inside the burnt structure.

David Rackley's ex-wife and daughters live next door. "I received a text message there house was burning and I got out here as quickly as I could and discovered hers was on fire," Rackley said.

The fire quickly consumed the entire structure.  In less than an hour, the home was reduced to a pile of rubble.

The woman who lived here, 61-year old Brenda Wilburn lost her life.

"She was a great woman, very sad and devastating," said Rackley.

Giles county investigators say Wilburn lived in the house by herself. They found both of her vehicles parked in the driveway.

Sheriff Kyle Helton said Wilburn's death is being investigated as a homicide.

"It's a nice neighborhood and it's just hard to comprehend what happened. We are following leads as we are talking now," Helton said.

Wilburn worked in real estate and was well known in the community.

As far as neighbors know, she was liked by most everyone.

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