Grandmother dies at scene of Fayetteville TN apartment fire

Grandmother dies at scene of Fayetteville TN apartment fire

FAYETTEVILLE, TN (WAFF) - Fire officials confirmed the death of a woman at a Fayetteville, Tennessee apartment complex Saturday.

It happened Saturday morning at the Taylor Way complex.

The fire chief said police were at the complex on an unrelated call when they saw smoke coming from one of the units.

Officers pulled a 58-year-old woman and her 5-year-old grandson from the burning apartment.

The woman died at the scene. The child was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville for treatment of smoke inhalation.

At last check, officials said he was in a medically-induced coma.

The fire was contained to the one apartment. Neighbors are now left to mourn the loss of a resident and pray for the well-being of the child.

"Devastated," said neighbor Bobby Chick. "It's so close to home... When tragedy like this happens, it's just hard to believe."

Fayetteville fire officials said the cause of the fire appeared to have involved smoking in some way.

They have not released names to the public yet, but the chief did say he has heard from family members that the child in Vanderbilt is improving a little. They said he is responding to questions and his lungs sound better.

The state fire marshal was called in to investigate.

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