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Woman killed in blaze

Cause of fire on Magnolia Drive remains under investigation

Tribune staff writer

Kokomo — A 73-year-old Kokomo woman died late Wednesday after firefighters found her unconscious inside her burning home on the city’s west side.

When firefighters arrived shortly before 11:30 p.m., the rear of Marilyn M. Montgomery’s two-story home at 528 Magnolia Drive was engulfed in flames.

Chief Pat O’Neill said fire crews entered the home after neighbors alerted firefighters that someone might be inside.

After a quick search, Montgomery was found unconscious.

She was transported to St. Joseph Hospital, where she later died, Fire Investigator Christopher A. Hall said Thursday.

Howard County Coroner Jay Price said the cause of death is pending the outcome of an autopsy.

Multiple calls from neighbors alerted the fire department of the burning home.

“We have not pinpointed a cause, and the fire remains under investigation,” O’Neill said.

Montgomery was the only one home at the time of the blaze, and O’Neill said he was unsure whether she lived alone.

Kokomo police detectives and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are assisting in the investigation.

• Mike Fletcher is the Kokomo Tribune crime reporter. He can be reached at 765-454-8565 or mike.fletcher@kokomotribune.com

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