State to investigate woman found dead in charred Bolivar home

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BOLIVAR, Tenn. -- The State Division of Bomb and Arson is investigating a deadly fire in Bolivar. The Bolivar Fire Department handed off the case.

Flames broke out at a home on Moma Addie Way on Friday night, and responders found a woman dead inside.

Bolivar Fire Department confirmed Teresa Birdsong, 54, was inside.

"Oh my god, no. No, I ain't heard that," neighbor Lee Douglas said.

"I hear, you know, a lady lost her life," said Bolivar resident Kenneth Montgomery, who stopped by after hearing about the tragedy.

Folks nearby slowly caught word of the inferno authorities responded to Friday night.

They told WREG that Birdsong lived in the rental home with her mother and brother. Their landlord lives just yards away.

WREG spoke with the landlord's ex-wife at their home.

"Very good, sweet people, nice people, yes ma'am," she said.

WREG got a phone number for Birdsong's mother's hospital room.

Distraught, Birdsong's mother explained she fell at a gas station a day and a half before. She said she got hip surgery Friday and said Birdsong came to visit her Friday then went home.

She said she believes her daughter was the only person there when the flames broke out.

"I heard sirens, so I looked out, and I ain't seen nothing but a great, big blaze of fire," Douglas said.

Birdsong's mother questioned the safety of the home's stove.

WREG asked Birdsong's mother for a photograph of her daughter. She said she believes any pictures she would have of her probably got lost in the fire.

The Bolivar Fire Department explained to WREG that calling in the state does not necessarily mean deaths are suspicious. It means investigators want to rule everything out.

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