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95-Year-Old Hopkinsville Woman Killed In House Fire

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HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. – An elderly woman was killed in a house fire in Christian County, Kentucky.

Officials with the Hopkinsville Fire Department said 95-year-old Rosa Lee Owen was killed when her home, located on East Seventh Street in Hopkinsville caught on fire. The fire broke out around 11:30 p.m. Monday night.

Officials said this was the first fire fatality in Hopkinsville since 2010.

"You can't explain," said neighbor Patsy Humphrey. "You can't explain. It's just bad."

First responders said the home was fully engulfed when they arrived on the scene. Due to the size and immense heat of the fire, firefighters said they were unable to reach the victim in time.

"They did make several attempts to make entry into the structure, but because of the fire load, they had to back out of the house and fight the fire from the outside," said Freddie Montgomery with the Hopkinsville Fire Department.

Parts of the home collapsed, making it more difficult to reach the victim. Twelve hours later, fire crews were finally able to retrieve her body.

"We had to call in other resources with backhoes and things like that to help us sift through and recover her," said Montgomery.

The victim's friends and family were on the scene during the search and joined hands to pray.

"She's going to be missed in this neighborhood," said neighbor, J.W. Gentry.

The cause of the fire was under investigation. 

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