Woman dies in Fort Gay structure fire
FORT GAY -- An elderly woman died Tuesday in what the State Fire Marshal's Office is calling an accidental fire in the 3600 block of Paddle Creek Road.
The fire was reported at 9:48 a.m. Reed Cook, deputy state fire marshal, said a mother and son were in the home at the time. The mother, who was in her 60s, was unable to escape the fire and was found in the living room, where the fire was believed to have started.
Reed said the son, whose age is unknown, had tried to go in the burning home through a back door, but was unable to get past the flames. He was transported from the scene suffering from smoke inhalation and minor burns.
Investigators had to wait three hours to safely enter the home and remove the woman's body. They are not releasing her name until the medical examiner can confirm her identity.
The Fort Gay, Prichard and Louisa volunteer fire departments responded to the fire.
The cause is still unknown.
The Herald-Dispatch welcomes your comments on this article, but please be civil. Avoid profanity, obscenity, personal attacks, accusations of criminal activity, name-calling or insults to the other posters. Herald-dispatch.com does not control or monitor comments as they are posted, but if you find a comment offensive or uncivil, hover your mouse over the comment and click the X that appears in the upper right of the comment. If you do not want your comment to post to your personal Facebook page, uncheck the box below the comment.