A woman died in a pre-dawn house fire Nov. 24 in Old Hickory.
The fire marshal and Nashville Fire Department officials continued to investigate a fire that happened at 47 Jones Circle. The Davidson County medical examiner is expected to confirm the identity of the woman and the manner and cause of her death.
According to Nashville fire spokesperson Joseph Pleasant, the preliminary investigation showed it is not believed the fire was suspicious in nature.
Pleasant said a bystander called 911 around 4:48 a.m. He said someone reported smoke coming from across the lake. It was believed to be a brush fire.
“Crews responded to the location of the 911 call and did not find fire,” Pleasant said in a release. “However, another 911 call gave the correct address of 47 Jones Circle.”
Pleasant said when firefighters arrived, the home was fully involved with the roof and floors collapsed.
Because the house was far from the road with a private drive and no access to the back of the house, firefighters launched Boat 22 with pumps to attack the fire, said Pleasant. Lake water was also used to supply a fire engine with water.
According to Pleasant, family members arrived and said a woman was in the house. Pleasant said it was not safe for investigators to enter the collapsed home to look for the unaccounted-for woman.
On Monday, a Nashville fire investigation team, along with officials from the medical examiner’s office and the Middle Tennessee Forensic Anthropology Search and Recovery Team, discovered the remains of a person, said Pleasant.
This story will be updated when the victim’s name is released and what the investigation reveals about the cause of the fire.