Butler County Times Gazette
  • Rose Hill woman's body found in early morning fire

  • The body of a 75-year-old woman was found in a fire in Rose Hill early this morning.
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  • The body of a 75-year-old woman was found in a fire in Rose Hill early this morning.
    According to the report, Butler County Fire District #3, based out of Rose Hill, responded to a reported structure fire at approximately 12:45 a.m. Sunday.
    The structure was located at 18695 SW Santa Fe Lake Road, Douglass.
    A firefighter from Rose Hill was the first on the scene at approximately 12:52 and he reported the structure had collapsed and only a portion of one wall was still standing. It was determined the structure was a manufactured home and there was a car in the driveway indicating there might be someone in the home. Fire apparatus started arriving on the scene at approximately 12:59.
    After the fire was controlled, a person tentatively identified as Lydia Cox, age 75, was discovered in the rubble. Next of kin has been notified.
    The home was a total loss and a vehicle parked nearby was damaged by the heat. The home was not insured and a dollar estimate has not been made. A fire investigator was called to the scene and he was assisted by deputies from the Butler County Sheriff’s office. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
    The fire apparently started in the kitchen, but a cause has not yet been determined and the fire is still under investigation.
    A total of 14 firefighters responded to the scene plus a fire investigator and several deputies. Units from Butler County Fire District #8 from Douglass also responded.

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