May 12, 2024

A late night residential fire on Forestdale in South Fulton May 10 claimed the life of one and another individual is being treated for burns, in a Nashville medical facility, according to a family member.

South Fulton Fire Department, Fulton Fire Department, Union City Fire Department and Martin Fire Department battled the blaze at the home, which was a total loss, from 10:13 p.m. May 10, until approximately 5 a.m. May 11, with a re-ignite occurring on Saturday morning, according to South Fulton Fire Chief John Curtis.

There were 20 firefighters at the scene.

Upon arrival, Chief Curtis said the house was already engulfed at 202 Forestdale.

One juvenile was evacuated from the house, and was transferred by Ken-Tenn EMS for transport by Air Evac to Vanderbilt in Nashville, suffering burns.

Another occupant of the home, Monica Cobaxin, 20, was also evacuated from the house, and transported to the emergency room of Baptist Hospital, Union City, where she was pronounced deceased.

Chief Curtis commended firefighters at the scene, many of whom entered the house while the fire was not yet contained, to assist in evacuating the occupants.

According to Chief Curtis, upon arrival, fire department personnel discovered a single-story family dwelling which presented with flames extending through the roof and sides of the structure. Bystanders on-scene advised that there were occupant inside.

Fire crews did entered the residence and a search did find the adult female who was located and evacuated

by fire personnel. She was determined to be in critical condition and was immediately attended to by Ken-Tenn EMS personnel and transport to Baptist Hospital.

A cause and origin of the fire is on-going by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, who did arrive on the

scene at the request of South Fulton Fire Chief John Curtis.

South Fulton Fire Department was assisted by Fulton Fire Department, Union City Fire Department, Martin Fire Department, South Fulton Public Works, South Fulton Police Department, Obion County Sheriffs Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol and Weakley Co. Municipal Electric.