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4 dead in Macon County house fire

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LAFAYETTE, TN (WSMV) -

A house fire Sunday night in Macon County killed four people, including a man who tried to rescue his neighbors.

Fire crews were called to the home on Cave Hollow Road just after 7 p.m., but the house was already fully involved.

Danny Nash, 55, was among the first people to notice his neighbors' home on fire, and he did what anyone who knows him knew he'd do.

"He said, 'I'm going to see if I can get them out,'" said wife Sheila Nash.

Robert Solomon, 80, Barbara Solomon, 73, were inside with Barbara's sister, Alice Cockrill at the time of the fire.

Danny Nash first found the Solomons and carried them to the front door before turning back for Cockrill.

Firefighters arrived four minutes after receiving the 911 call, but by that time all four people were dead.

Firefighters found Barbara and Robert near the front door, but they had already inhaled too much smoke.

The Solomons had been married nearly 50 years. They have two kids and four grandchildren, and in Macon County they're considered pillars of the community.

"I think God blessed them, because neither one of them wanted to live without the other and they went home together," said relative Chris Solomon.

Barbara Solomon recently retired from Macon County General Hospital, where she was the director of nurses for more than 30 years.

"She was more like the mother of the hospital," said Dennis Wolford, CEO of Macon County General.

Danny Nash was a deacon at his church, and those closest to him say he'd do anything for a friend.

The state bomb and arson team plans to return Tuesday to try and determine what sparked the fire.

The fire chief said investigators believe it started in the sunroom at the back of the home, and something likely accelerated the fire as soon as it ignited - possibly a propane tank on the back porch and oxygen tanks inside the house.

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