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UPDATE: Elderly Woman Dies After House Fire; Second Victim in Critical Condition

UPDATE 3/24/14 @ 6 p.m.
FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An elderly woman severely burned in a house fire has died.

Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler tells WSAZ.com the fire started about 1:45 a.m. Sunday at a home on Gatewood Road near Oak Hill.

Investigators say when firefighters arrived at the scene, they found two women lying on the floor with extensive burns.

One of the victims was airlifted to Cabell Huntington Hospital's burn unit. The other victim was taken to Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill before being transported to Cabell Huntington.

One of the victims passed away Monday. The other remains in critical condition.

No names have been released.

Investigators have been able to determine that information provided during the early stages of the investigation was incorrect, and at least one of the victims was known to the occupants of the home.

The cause of the fire remains unknown.

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ORIGINAL STORY 3/23/14
FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two women have been hospitalized after a fire early Sunday morning near Oak Hill.

Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler tells WSAZ.com the fire started about 1:45 a.m. Sunday at a home on Gatewood Road.

He said when firefighters arrived at the scene, they found two women lying on the floor with extensive burns.

One of the victims was airlifted to Cabell Huntington Hospital's burn unit. The other victim was taken to Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill before being transported to Cabell Huntington.

The two women are listed in critical condition and their identities have not yet been released.

The cause of the fire is still unknown. Deputies say they were able to determine that neither of the victims were residents of the house and the homeowners were not home at the time of the fire. It is unclear what the two women were doing at the house.

The fire is still under investigation. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 304-255-7867 or Fayette County 911 at 304-574-3590.


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