Clarksville police and fire officials said Friday that a fire that killed an 80-year-old woman earlier this month was accidental.
The fire occurred Nov. 5 at 11 p.m. at a home on Trahern Terrace in Clarksville, killing Carolyn Hinton, who had lived at the address for about 30 years.
Investigators said after they analyzed the contents of the residence, the fire's source was identified to be two burners on the electric range.
Emergency personnel said they arrived within three minutes of receiving a call, but the house was already engulfed in flames.
Clarksville Fire Rescue entered the residence and found Hinton, but she was non-responsive.
Hinton was removed from the house and immediately given medical attention, but efforts to revive her were unsuccessful.
"She was a very active lady who cared about anybody and would do anything for anybody," said Carolyn Morgan Jones, Hinton's granddaughter.
Jones described her grandmother as a woman always on the move, a part of the Red Hat Society, and a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Clarksville.
"She loved going to the Twist and Shout every Friday night, and she liked playing bridge with her girlfriends," said Jones.
Jones said her grandmother's compassionate nature truly showed in her more than 30 years as supervisor at Clarksville Memorial Hospital.
One pair of neighbors said they remember a winter when they went out of town, and it snowed at their Clarksville home. They said Hinton drove up and down their driveway in the new fallen snow to make it look like someone was home. They said that was a level of consideration special to Hinton.
"We have our moments," said Jones, explaining her family's grief. "If we stay busy, we're not thinking about it. Once you sit down and you're not thinking, that's all you have to think about. It hits you. We miss her greatly."
Carolyn Hinton is survived by four children and nine grandchildren.
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