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Woman dies in fire at house with no water or electricity
COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Jeff Hirsh) -- A mother of four children is dead following a fire.
Investigators said there are still lots of unanswered questions, like what was the woman doing in a home with the utilities shut off in the middle of the night?
The 911 caller thought the house on Dunraven Drive in Colerain Township was vacant. Or if anyone was inside, it would have been a man she knew. But shortly after firefighters arrived they found out different.
Assistant Chief Robert Rieglage of the Colerain Township Fire Department said, "There was heavy fire and smoke from the living room area, it had broken out the picture window."
Crews found the body in the next room. A person identified by friends and relatives as 36-year-old Amy Boyle. She was found in what once was her home. But on the day of the fire it was a house with the water and electric shut off.
Boyle had four children and niece Miranda Walling said, "They were with her every day. They loved her. Her youngest was a momma's boy. So young and don't have a mom now. It's sad."
Friends say Boyle, her boyfriend and the children had been staying elsewhere. The 911 caller said they'd been kicked out. Water Works says the bill was last paid at the house in March 2013 and the water was shut off in November, $700 behind.
Times were apparently tough said Terry Cotto, Boyle's neighbor, "She came to my house yesterday looking to borrow some money. I gave her $10 and a can of coke and that's the last time I seen her."
Court records show Boyle was charged Monday with possession of drug abuse instruments and tampering with evidence. She skipped a court date for Tuesday, June 17 and then she was found dead early June 18.
Investigators said the cause of the fire appears to be accidental, but no further specifics are available.
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