Victim in deadly Fairborn house fire identified

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FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – One woman and her small dog have died after a massive fire broke out at a house in Fairborn early Tuesday morning.

Fire crews were dispatched to the house on North Haven Drive near Marchmont Drive at around 1:30 am.

When firefighters arrived, thick smoke and flames were billowing from the side of the house and roof.

Crews worked quickly to knock down the fire so they could get into the house to rescue the woman inside, however the woman died shortly after being found. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials later identified the victim as 49-year-old Bessie E. Barnett, but her official cause of death is still under investigation by the Coroner’s Office.

“Crews did a phenomenal job of isolating it to the bravo side of the structure and we were able to fight the fire enough to get in and do a good primary search,” Chief Dave Reichert of the Fairborn Fire Department said. “That’s where we located the victim.”

A cause of the fire is still under investigation, although crews say it looks like the fire began in the bedroom.

Firefighters did not hear any working fire alarms when they arrived on scene.

The woman and her dog are the only ones who lived in the house.

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