COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — Cookeville Police say one person died in a house fire last night.
Officers responded to the blaze in a northwest neighborhood of Cookeville and Lt. Mitch Harington and Ofc. Kyle Farley immediately entered the burning home after reports a woman was trapped inside. Both were trapped in "thick black smoke" after the door closed behind them, leaving the officers disoriented.
Two more officers forced the door open and an explosion took place causing debris to fall on them. Four other officers assisted in pulling Lt. Harrington from the blaze.
Firefighters on the scene along with police also assisted in saving the woman who was trapped inside. Unfortunately, once the fire was extinguished, the body of a male occupand was found deceased.
Lt. Harrington and the female were taken to Vanderbilt Medical where they are receiving treatment for their injuries. Other first-responders injured were treated and released from CRMC.
It happened at a home located in the 500 block of Cypress Avenue around 11 p.m.
Crews remained on the scene until nearly 5 a.m.
According to Mayor Ricky Shelton's Facebook page, four of the injured emergency workers were taken to a local hospital, while another was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
One resident was killed in the fire, while another was also transported to Vanderbilt. Their identities have not been released.
Depend on us for updates on this developing story as we get them.