EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSHOUSE FIRE
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Fatal Mink Shoals Fire Ruled Arson
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Apr. 9, 2012 6:07 AM EDT
Updated: Apr. 10, 2012 1:48 PM EDT
Mink Shoals , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Assistant State Fire Marshal Jason Baltic tells Eyewitness News that a Monday morning fire in Mink Shoals was intentionally set. One woman died at the hospital after being pulled from the fire.
No other details are being released, but they are working with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office on the investigation.
A woman pulled from a house fire dies at the hospital. Now, many questions linger about the fire.
Family member tell us the victim's name is Terry Rosalee Mace, 52. She was living at her sister's home in Mink Shoals when the unthinkable happened early Monday morning.
"You never expect or even think you're going to get a call like that. It was so far that I wasn't expecting nothing like that," said her brother Michael Brisendine. He learned early Monday morning that he'd never get to speak to his sister ever again.
"She was always the kind that helped everybody out. She was a nurse for years and loved working in the baby center and helping everybody out and all this and that."
Now, he's left sifting through what's left of the Conner Drive home and waiting for word on how the fire started, and how his sister died.
"If I talk much more, I'm going to think about it too much, and I'm going to loose it myself," he said.
Neighbor John Jordan spotted the fire around 5:30 a.m. and called 911.
"Went over and looked in the window and it was a shock. The couch looked like it was on fire. Flames, not a massive fire but smoke is the key," he said.
"I pounded on the door to try and get the resident's attention, no response," said Jordan.
Crews on scene pulled Mace from the burning home, but she later died at the hospital. State Fire Marshal's and Kanawha County Sheriff's Detectives spent much of the day investigating, but haven't pinpointed a cause.
"Right now it is undetermined. And we're working as we speak and it's under investigation," said Jason Baltic.
"She just run around and gave and gave and gave, her whole life, that's all she ever did," said her brother.
Investigators hope to have a medical examiner's report this week. Determining a cause could take longer.
The woman rescued from a burning home Monday morning has died.
The State Fire Marshal's Office and Kanawha County Sheriff's Office have been on scene most of the day investigating.
The fire has been ruled undetermined.
A neighbor called Metro 911 about a house on fire on Conner Drive around 5:30 this morning.
One person at the scene has been taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.
We have a crew on the scene and will you get the latest information as it becomes available.
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