Woman Dies in House Fire

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BOONE COUNTY - A woman died in a house fire near Hartsburg in southern Boone County Monday morning. Capt. Roger Mertensmeyer of the Southern Boone County Fire Protection District said the victim was found in the living room.

According to public information officer Price Nichols, a passerby reported the fire and firefighters made it to the scene within ten minutes of the call. He said it took the firefighters ten minutes to get the flames under control and at that time, they found the woman already dead in the house.

So far, investigators believe the women was the only person in the house, but the fire is still under investigation.

Nichols said the house involved was almost a total loss. He said there is approximately $150,000 worth of damage. Most damage was reported to be in the front of the house, as well as a caved-in roof.

Investigators have determined that the fire began in the front of the house, but are still determining the cause of the fire.