Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013
Woman Identified in Fatal House Fire
VIENNA -- Authorities have identified a woman who died in a house fire Sunday evening. She is 52-year-old Cora Roe of Vienna.
Fire officials say Roe died after her home in the small Johnson County community was destroyed in a fire.
The incident has been a shock for many neighbors.
"When they came and told me I ran directly over here to see what was going on," said Christopher Clark. "I got within four feet of her bed which was near her bedroom door. It was just too intense, there was no getting past the doorway."
Roe died from severe burns sustained in the fire. She was the only one home at the time.
County coroner David Rockwell says her husband had left to go to the store, when he returned, the house was already up in flames, "He tried to go back in the house but the house was fully engulfed with flames coming from the windows."
Roe suffered from multiple sclerosis which may have prevented her from escaping the flames.
"She did have mobility issues," said Rockwell. "That could have led to some of the difficulty of her getting out."
The state fire marshal's office is still investigating what cause of the fire. Foul play is not suspected.
"She was loved," said Clark. "She had a smile for everybody."
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