UPDATE: Woman dies in Independence fire

Posted by FOX19 staff - email

INDEPENDENCE, KY (FOX19) - An elderly woman has died after a fire in her Independence home.

Firefighters responded to the home on Sharpsburg Road around 4:30 a.m. Thursday. It took crews over an hour to get the flames under control.

According to Independence fire chief Richard Messingschlager, the home contained five or six oxygen tank. While firefighters were inside battling the blaze, one of the tanks exploded near two firefighters. They were taken to the hospital to be checked out, and have been released.

The elderly woman, whose name has not been released, was also taken the hospital, where she died.

Investigators have not identified the cause of the fire.

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