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Husband killed, wife hurt in Columbia house fire

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Leann & Loyd Shults Leann & Loyd Shults
Tyree Scribner, Leann Shults & Al Jackson meet three days after the fatal fire Tyree Scribner, Leann Shults & Al Jackson meet three days after the fatal fire

A fund has been established to assist a Maury County woman who survived a house fire that claimed her husband's life early Friday morning.

Karen Leann Corbin-Shults, 42, suffered serious burns but was able to escape the blaze with the help of two Good Samaritans who joined emergency crews at the home on East 17th Street near Carmack Boulevard around 1:20 a.m.

Loyd "Butch" Shults, 41, died in the fire, and investigators said it may have been his cries or a loud noise he made that woke his wife up. She was in the back of the house, and he was in the front. That's where his body was found.

The couple's dog and another animal also died in the fire.

The family did not have home insurance, and most of their belongings were destroyed. Donations are being accepted for the "Loyd 'Butch' Shults" fund at any Kroger store in Columbia and also at the Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home, located at 320 West 7th Street, Columbia, TN 38401.

Loyd Shults' funeral is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home.

Strangers stop to help

When emergency crews arrived at the scene, two men had joined officers in trying to help Karen Leann Corbin-Shults escape from the home out of a back window.

The men were their way home from work they noticed the smoke at the house.

"When we turned the corner, I saw the flames on the window," said Tyree Scribner.

Firefighters said if Scribner and Al Jackson hadn't stopped when they did, Corbin-Shults most likely would have died in the fire, too.

And, for that, they are being hailed as heroes.

Corbin-Shults was taken to Maury Regional Medical Center and then to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. She sustained second-degree burns on her back, first-degree burns on her stomach and minor burns on her hand.

Investigators said the family was using kerosene and electric heaters. While the cause of the fire is unknown, it's not believed to be suspicious.

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