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57-year-old woman killed in Joelton fire

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A woman was killed and her husband suffered burns in a two-alarm fire that destroyed a home Tuesday morning near the Cheatham-Davidson county line.

The fire occurred in the 2100 block of Bracey Circle in Joelton. Emergency crews were called to the scene at about 4:30 a.m.

Judy Callis, 56, whose neighbors said was disabled after a motorcycle crash in 2008, was killed by the fast-moving fire after she became trapped in a front bedroom. The woman's husband, Mike Callis, suffered first-degree burns on his shoulders but was not taken to the hospital.

"He was trying to get to her, and the fire was too intense," said Ashland City Fire Department Deputy Chief Brian Biggs.

Fire crews faced an additional challenge.

"This is a rural area. We don't have hydrants in this area, so we did have to tank our water in," Biggs said.

Biggs said there was likely little firefighters could do to save the woman.

"When we arrived, it was fully engulfed from one end to the other," Callis said. "Sometimes they go up pretty quick."

About a dozen state bomb and arson investigators were sifting through the rubble of the home Tuesday afternoon in search of clues that sparked the fire.

Judy Callis died just two days shy of her 57th birthday.

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