An early morning house fire has claimed the life an elderly woman in West Nashville.
Helen McMurtry, 82, was found dead inside the home on Basswood Avenue. The fire was reported just before 4 a.m.
When firefighters arrived on scene they found flames pouring from the center of the house. When they noticed a car in the driveway, they immediately went in.
There was a smoke alarm going off inside the home and McMurtry's body was found in the front room, according to firefighters.
Officials say careless smoking caused the fatal fire.
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