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September 6, 2012

11:45 MORNING UPDATE: Burns cause of woman's death

GLASGOW — A Glasgow woman who sustained severe burns from a house fire over Labor Day weekend died from complications due to thermal burns.

Donita Firkins, 54, died Tuesday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Firkins was flown to Vanderbilt on Sunday. She and her husband, Tommy, sustained burns from a fire at their Bryan Street home Sunday.

An autopsy conducted by the Davidson County, Tenn., coroner revealed that Firkins died from complications due to thermal burns, a spokeswoman with the coroner's office said Thursday.

Funeral arrangements for Firkins were not finalized by press time Thursday, but are under the direction of A.F. Crow and Son Funeral Home in Glasgow.

Tommy Firkins was transported to T.J. Samson Community Hospital for treatment of burns he received from the fire. He has since been released, according to a hospital spokesperson.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but is being investigated.

“The state fire marshal is going to send someone down [to investigate],” said Glasgow Fire Chief Tony Atwood.

Glasgow firefighters were called to extinguish a blaze at the Firkins' home on Sunday afternoon. The fire was in the living room of the home.

The couple escaped the fire before firefighters arrived on the scene. Two other rooms of the house, aside from the living room, sustained damage from the fire. No damage estimate was given and no other injuries were reported, according to a fire department report.


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