One man was killed in a Clarksville house fire early this morning and another was pulled from the blaze by police officers.
A news release from Clarksville Police Public Information Officer Jim Knoll says Officer Gary Mefford was on a traffic stop on Providence Boulevard around 1:50am when he spotted flames coming from a house on Cave Street.
He notified dispatchers and several officers responded to the scene along with the fire department. Officers beat on the doors and eventually saw a man inside one of the only rooms not on fire.
Police broke a window to get inside and roused him from his sleep and pulled 50-year old Matilla Hernandez-Castellano to safety. It was thought at the time that Castellano was the only person in the home, but fire-fighters would later learn that a man in his late 20’s had died in the blaze.
The Clarksville Fire Department remained on the scene until about 6am. The name of the deceased individual will be released pending family notification.