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December 18, 2010

Cause of fatal fire unknown

Officials don’t suspect foul play in Friday’s blaze.

By Mike Fletcher 
Tribune staff writer

— The woman found dead inside her burning home late Wednesday died as a result of the fire, Howard County Coroner Jay Price said Friday.

Kokomo firefighters found Marilyn M. Montgomery, 73, unconscious inside her 528 Magnolia Drive home.

When firefighters arrived shortly before 11:30 p.m., the rear of the two-story home was engulfed in flames.

Chief Pat O’Neill said fire crews entered the home and found Montgomery.

Price said an autopsy conducted Thursday revealed Montgomery died of soot inhalation and carbon monoxide toxicity.

Fire Investigator Christopher Hall has ruled the cause of the fire as undetermined and said he does not suspect to involve foul play.

Hall said firefighters found Montgomery lying on the floor outside her bedroom. She was taken to St. Joseph Hospital, where she later died.

Montgomery was alone in the home when neighbors saw flames coming from the rear of the home and called 911.

• 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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