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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Allison fire death
A Cocke County woman died Friday when her home caught on fire. The Cocke County Fire Department responded to the home on Sweeten Road in the Parrottsville community just after noon. Linda Holt who lives across Sweeten Road from the single story, brick residence identified the occupants of the home as Russell and Nora Allison, however that has not been confirmed by law enforcement. Ms. Holt talked to the NewsSource as efforts were underway to extinguish the flames. "I heard a horn blowing and when I opened the door I saw the house engulfed in flames. I saw Mr. Allison come out of the home and there was a car in the driveway. They wouldn't let him go back into the home to get his wife who was standing at the window. After the fire trucks arrived I didn't see Mrs. Allison standing in the window anymore so I don't know where she is." However Cocke County Detective Josh Hall said the identity of the victim and the cause of the fire have not been definitely determined. "All I can tell you right now is that an 84 year-old female was found in the fire," the detective said. "The initial cause of the fire is still undetermined and under investigation. She was in the home with her husband, they attempted to put the fire out, got separated in the smoke, but the husband made it out." Mr. Allison reportedly told firefighters that his wife was smoking in her recliner when she fell asleep. And when she awoke, she found her recliner on fire and so she rushed to the kitchen to get a pan of water in an attempt to extinguish the flames. But that was not confirmed by Detective Hall who said there is an on-going investigation. "The state fire marshal investigator was called to the scene so the initial cause of the fire is still under investigation. So that is not a definite cause that is just hearsay." Cocke County firefighters were joined by personnel from the Parrottsville, Del Rio and Caney Branch Volunteer Fire Departments. About a dozen engines were involved in shuttling water to the fire scene. The blaze, gutted the large home and also burned a car parked adjacent to the residence. Deputy Tony Bailey said the dollar loss in the blaze is placed at $1.5 million.

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