EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFATAL FIRE
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Mingo County Woman Dies After Fire Goes Unreported
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: May. 2, 2012 4:58 PM EDT
Updated: May. 2, 2012 9:20 PM EDT
Lenore , Mingo County , West Virginia
A woman dies after a fire goes unreported in Mingo County.
Family members tell Eyewitness News that Dorothy King, 65, died in the fire in the Laurel Creek area of Lenore Wednesday morning. They're shocked and saddened no one saw the flames.
"It's sad. Very sad what happened to her. If I could have got to her, I would have saved her," said Deena Colegrove, a longtime neighbor and friend of King's.
"She was a good woman, she was a good Christian lady. She loved her kids, she loved her family, she loved her neighbors. She loved her church," she said,
Firefighters got a call around 9:30 a.m. that a trailer had caught fire in the Laurel Creek area. When they got on scene, it was too late.
"On their arrival, they found the smoldering remains of a single wide trailer," explained Asst. State Fire Marshal Shawn Alderman.
Questions linger over how the fire started, but the the state fire marshal's office says there's nothing to suggest the fire is suspicious. The home is in a very secluded area, and it's likely no one saw the flames.
"With the amount of damage we had on the scene there, we're ruling the fire undetermined," said Alderman.
Family members, who didn't wish to go on camera, speculate a lightning strike during a large storm Tuesday night may have sparked the fire.
"We'll continue to gather information and should that need to be amended we'll do so," said Alderman.
"We're good neighbors. We help each other out and love one another," said Colegrove.
The West Virginia State Police and state fire marshal's office are handling the investigation.
A woman is dead after a fire goes unreported in Mingo County.
Firefighters got a call around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday that a house in Lenore had burned to the ground.
When they got on the scene, they found a woman's body inside. Family members have identified the woman as Dorothy King, 65.
The home is in a secluded area.
Family members tell us they think lightning may have struck the home during a violent storm, but right now, investigators are not naming a cause. They do say the fire does not appear to be suspicious.
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