Woman dies in Covington fire - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

UPDATE: Covington fire victim ID'd

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COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - A woman has died in an apartment fire in Covington.

Flames broke out around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning on Russell St.

When crews arrived, they found a man and a woman leaning out of a window. Crews pulled up a ladder and rescued the man first, but then fire broke through the second floor and separated the woman from the firefighters.

"The fire broke through the first floor window went up the side of the wall separating her and the firefighter," said Covington Fire Chief Mark Young. "She retreated back into the house."

The fire was so strong that smoke could be seen and smelled for several miles. It took firefighters about two hours to battle the fire, and they were on the scene for several more hours knocking down hot spots. One of the firefighters called it one of the worst fires he'd ever seen.

The victim has been identified as Lillian Burns, 57.

The building is being called a total loss. One of the residents, Emma Perry, says the fire is a nightmare for herself and the tight-knit community.

"They're saying it will be seven or eight months till I get back in so in the meantime I have to find a place to live," she said. "I know some people look at it and think that old house but I love it. It's part of me."

Firefighters were delayed for a short time because a fire hydrant near the building was not working. They had to get water from a hydrant a few blocks away. However, they say it did not hamper emergency efforts.

A cause is still undetermined.

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