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Three Die in Mobile Home Fire on New Zion Road
McKENZIE (January 29) Three persons died in an early morning fire on New Zion Road, between McKenzie and Trezevant on Tuesday …
McKENZIE (January 29) — Three persons died in an early morning fire on New Zion Road, between McKenzie and Trezevant on Tuesday morning.
They have been identified as Caitlin Cook, 21, Dakota Cook, 20, and Ashley Barlow, 18. Barlow was a 2018 graduate of West Carroll High School and a student at Bethel University. She played softball at West Carroll. Ashley, her boyfriend, Dakota and his sister, Caitlin all died in the fire. Dakota was the father of Ashley’s daughter, Madalyn. The Cooks were both former students at West Carroll High School. All three were sent to the state’s medical examiner for an autopsy.
Dylan Johnson escaped the burning structure and was treated for smoke inhalation.
Robert John Paul Salkingburg had left the residence for work.
The fire was believed to have started from a wood stove during the extreme cold weather.
Ashley had twice fought a diagnosis of cancer and won. She was rearing her young daughter, who was with other family members at the time of the fire. She was listed on the Dean’s List of Bethel University published January 29 in The Banner. She gave birth to Madalyn at the age of 14, when Ashley was a freshman.
At a young age, Ashley was diagnosed with epidermal carcinoma, a form of skin cancer. She had two surgeries but it came back more than four years later and attacked her lymph nodes. She had another surgery and beat the disease.
Carroll County’s Fire Department was dispatched shortly after 5 a.m. to the rural residence. Authorities were notified that subjects were still inside the home by the dispatcher.
Fire investigators arrived at the scene shortly after sunrise.
The Cooks lost their dad, Charles Thomas Cook, who died October 15, 2017 and their mother, Kimberly, who died March 15, 2018.
Kimberly Cook, 40, died March 15, 2018 in a tragic motorcycle accident in Gibson County. She was with Bucky Wells when they were struck by an SUV.
A fund has set up for Ashley Barlow at Citizens Bank and Trust Company, PO Box 129, Atwood TN 38220.
Repeated attempts to contact Carroll County Fire Chief Terry Bradshaw were unsuccessful.