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Woman Dies in Jefferson Township House Fire
UPDATE: JEFFERSON TWP.- The Montgomery County Coroner's Office identified the woman who died in a Jefferson Township house fire as Carolyn S. McPherson, 63.
"It's unfortunate what happened." Neighbor Jerry Schroeppel said. He smelled smoke and went outside to investigate this morning.
He saw smoke and flames billowing from his neighbor's home on Lawncrest Avenue.
"I noticed the house on fire. It was lit pretty good." He said.
When Jefferson Township Fire crews arrived, the home was fully engulfed.
"The fire was mainly on the first floor. As we pulled up, all the windows had fire blowing out of them when we arrived." Jefferson Township Fire Department Fire Chief Larry Sexton said.
Inside, crews found McPherson just inside the front door.
They brought her outside, but it was too late, she died on scene. Chief Sexton said McPherson was the only one inside, and it appeared as if she was trying to escape her burning home.
Chief Sexton said she lived with her boyfriend, who wasn't home.
"We did a search of the house and found the 1 occupant home at the time and found out the other occupant was at the grocery store at the time of the fire." Chief Sexton said.
Schroeppel feels for her family, to lose a loved one, two weeks before Christmas.
"It's a sad time right now. Especially when you think about the families involved." He said.
The State Fire Marshal's Office was called to the scene and are still investigating what caused the fire.
An autopsy will be performed on McPherson. The Coroner's Office has not yet ruled a cause of death.
Two Jefferson Township Firefighters were taken to the hospital. One firefighter suffered exhaustion and the other was hit in the face with falling debris. Both firefighters have been treated and released from the hospital.
JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP -- A woman has died after she was trapped in a house fire this morning in the 300 block of Lawncrest Ave.
First responders say the woman, who has not yet been identified, had been trying to escape the flames but fire crews pulled her body from the house and she was pronounced dead in her backyard.
ABC 22/FOX 45 Reporter Chelby Kosto says multiple fire agencies responded to the fire, which caused heavy damage to the structure. An arson investigator also is on scene.
The woman was the only one home at the time of the fire.
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