Woman Burned in Fire Dies

By: Mike Waterhouse Email
By: Mike Waterhouse Email

An elderly woman who was severely burned in a house fire in Clay County earlier this week died from her injuries.

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's office says Rosalie Keen suffered burns on about 80% of her body. She was flown to a burn center in Pittsburgh--where she later died.

The fire marshal's office says Keen was able to get out of her burning house and was found in the front yard.

The fire happened Monday in the town of Clay and knocked out phone and 911 service for a significant portion of that area.

Investigators say Keen was a known smoker and used oxygen. They're not sure if either played a role in the fire. Right now, the fire marshal's office says the cause of the fire is being ruled "undetermined" -- since significant damage to the structure has made it difficult pinpoint the cause. Investigators say the fire does not appear to be suspicious.

911 service has since been restored.

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