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Turtlecreek Twp. woman killed in a mobile home fire
TURTLECREEK TWP., Ohio (WKRC) -- Firefighters received the call for the fire at the Shadow Lake Mobile Home Village on Mason-Montgomery Road about 5a.m. Tuesday morning.
At first glance, the mobile home doesn't appear to have suffered a great deal of damage. In fact, fire officials tell us the fire was fairly well contained. It was more smoke than fire but it was the smoke that claimed the life of the woman who was inside at the time.
Crews got to the scene and quickly got the fire under control. The most severe damage was already done. The woman was pronounced dead on the scene.
According to an investigator with the Warren County Coroner's Office, the victim is 55-year-old Etta Marie Fleenor.
Investigators believe the fire started in the living room of the home and they're working to determine how exactly it started. They say there are are several clues that could lead them to a quick answer.
Jackie Williams was a neighbor of Marie Fleenor. She had only good things to say about her.
"She was just a loveable person. Anyone that knew her loved her."
But the two women were more than just neighbors. They were very close friends. Williams says she stayed with Fleenor at night, all this week, until last night.
"If I could have saved her, cause she called me around, she tried calling me around four o'clock but we didn't get to the phone in time. Maybe if I had been there I could have somehow got her out, I don't know."
Williams says Marie Fleenor, who used a wheelchair, loved her arts and crafts as well as her cat. Williams says she managed to save the cat after the fire.
Henry Spille is a close friend of Fleenor's family. He says she once had a close call in a fire at the same mobile home park.
Jackie Williams says she will miss the friend she sat with at night to watch criminal minds on television. She says Marie Fleenor was someone who really touched her life.
An investigator with the Warren County Coroner's Office says Marie Fleenor was apparently smoking and using oxygen at the time of the fire but says they have a long way to go in the investigation before they can pin down a cause. The State Fire Marshal's office is now investigating the fire.