Woman, pets die in house fire

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BIRM­ING­HAM >> De­spite a quick knock-down of a house fire on Tues­day night, and a quick search by fire­fight­ers, the sole home­owner died along with her two pets.

Con­cordville Fire Com­pany fire­fight­ers were dis­patched Tues­day at 11:11 p.m. for a re­port of a house fire in the 1300 block of Birm­ing­ham Road in Birm­ing­ham. Upon ar­rival, fire­fight­ers saw flames had en­gulfed the rear of the home. Con­cordville Fire Chief Thomas Nelling said the en­tire house had smoke dam­age.

Nelling said the fire­fight­ers ex­tin­guished the fire in about 20 min­utes. He said the first-in fire­fight­ers found the vic­tim, iden­ti­fied as Bon­nie Lynn Hall, 65, un­re­spon­sive in her first-floor bed­room. An au­topsy will be per­formed.

Fire­fight­ers also lo­cated Hall’s cat and dog that died. Nelling said the smoke de­tec­tors were work­ing upon their ar­rival. A by­passer re­ported the fire.

Nelling, who serves as the town­ship fire mar­shal and po­lice chief, said that the cause of the fire was still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion on Wed­nes­day. He added that the fire was not sus­pi­cious in na­ture.

The house is lo­cated in a ru­ral part of the town­ship with­out fire hy­drants. In ad­di­tion to the tank wa­ter on the first-in en­gines, three tankers were dis­patched. Nelling called for three more tankers to bring more wa­ter to the scene.

Long­wood Fire Com­pany, Fame Fire Com­pany, Good­will Fire Com­pany, Po-Mar Lin Fire Com­pany, Ken­nett Fire Com­pany, Holmes Fire Com­pany of Delaware County, the Ch­ester County Coroner’s Of­fice and PECO as­sisted Con­cordville fire­fight­ers at the scene.

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