Officials identify woman killed in La Vergne fire

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LA VERGNE – Authorities have identified the woman who was killed Monday morning in a trailer fire on Old Nashville Highway in Rutherford County.

According to officials with the city of La Vergne and State Medical Examiner's Office, 46-year-old Melinda Edwards, of 313B Old Nashville Highway, died in the fire.

"No information is available about her specific cause of death," said Kathy Tyson, public information officer for the city of La Vergne.

Fire and police were dispatched to the residence at about 6:30 a.m. to reports of a fire. When police responded to the scene, they reported seeing "heavy fire" in progress, Tyson said.

Crews with the La Vergne Fire Department battled the blaze for quite some time, but they were unable to save Edwards.

Although her son was also injured as a result of the fire, La Vergne officials did not release additional information concerning his identity or condition.

Because of the fatality, bomb and arson investigators with the Division of Fire Prevention also responded to the scene. The division, which is an arm of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, is called to investigate all fire-related deaths.

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