Woman dies in Turkey Town Road fire

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Overton County Sheriff’s Department and Hilham Volunteer Fire Department personnel were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Turkey Town Road around 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18 and arrived to find the structure fully engulfed. They were also informed that a woman was still in the house. Fire departments from across Overton County as well as from Jackson County and Putnam County responded over the course of the evening to fight the blaze. Once the fire had been suppressed, the body of Crystal Tyson, 36, was located in the basement.

At the request of 13th District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, Tennesee Bureau of Investigation special agents and fire investigators also responded to the scene. This remains an active and ongoing investigation, according to TBI.