House fire claims Allen woman's life

The victim of a house fire lived alone in her house in Pontotoc County.
BY MATT DINGER and BRYAN DEAN Modified: October 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm •  Published: October 10, 2011

— A woman's body was found inside a home that was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, authorities said.

The fire was reported at the Pontotoc County home at 7:20 a.m. Monday, Assistant State Fire Marshal JoAnne Sellars said.

The woman, whose name was not released, lived alone. The state medical examiner's office will identify the body. The cause of the fire has not been determined. It destroyed 70 percent of the home, Sellars said.

No smoke detectors were found.

The fire does not appear suspicious, Sellars said.

When firefighters arrived, they found a bedroom engulfed, Ada fire Capt. Bryan Reed said. Firefighters extinguished the blaze from outside. They had problems with the water supply while fighting the blaze.

Allen is about 60 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.

The American Red Cross provided support to firefighters from four departments.

A Red Cross spokesman said October is Fire Prevention Month, and the fatal blaze should serve as a reminder for people to check their smoke alarms and have escape plans in place.


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