Woman dies in early morning fire near Greenfield


GREENFIELD, Ind. (WTHR) - Greenfield fire investigators are getting help from the State Fire Marshalls office as they try to determine what caused a deadly house fire.

It started just before 9 a.m. Wednesday. Heavy smoke drifted across Anita Avenue.

Two men driving by saw it and rushed to the home. Before firefighters arrived, they made a futile attempt to rescue people they feared were trapped inside.

"I knew it didn't look good so I pulled up and started hitting windows." Explained Bill Sego. About the second time we went around beating on the windows, in the back a lot of flames shot out and we backed away."

Arriving fire fighters met smoke so thick they couldn't see the house from the street.

According to Buck Creek Fire Chief Dave Sutherlin, gusting winds fanned the flames while they tried to get the blaze under control. "Another crew went to the front door to begin a search." He said.

They found the victim, 64-year-old Linda Murry on the kitchen floor.

Was there any chance of saving this individual? "Probably not." Chief Sutherlin said, "It had a head start on us, the situation and the smoke situation was way ahead of us."

Investigators worked much of Wednesday looking for what started the fire. They don't suspect foul play.

The woman was ill, relying on oxygen, and according to the chief Sutherlin was known to smoke, and may have tried to put the fire out herself.

This is the first fatal fire in Buck Creek Township in about 15 years. The chief explained that the death is something firefighters will carry on their shoulders for quiet some time.

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