Fire claims life of Lewisburg woman

By Chris Cooper - [email protected]

An elderly women was killed in a house fire at her residence on Mamie Gill Road in Lewisburg. Marilyn E. Gill, 90, was found deceased in her home which had caught fire Friday, Feb. 6, 2016. According to fire department officials, Ms. Gill was located in the rear of her home near her bedroom soon after firefighters arrived.

Logan County’s Emergency Communications Center received a call of a structure fire with a possible female inside. The Lewisburg Rural Fire Department was called to the scene with the Russellville Rural Fire Department acting as mutual aid.

When firefighters arrived the residence was engulfed in flames. According to Russellville Rural Fire Chief Cheryl Allen two Lewisburg firefighters were already suited up and searching inside the structure with thermal imaging equipment when she arrived.

“We got paged out along with Lewisburg as mutual aid,” said Allen. “When we arrived on scene incident commander Jason Rolley of the Lewisburg Rural Fire Department had gotten two people suited up to search the house. We immediately got two of our guys suited up as a rapid intervention team. Eddie Bush was in charge of safety for our department.”

Allen said Ms. Gill was found in the back portion of her home, where firefighters were told she stayed a lot. Unfortunately, when she was located it was too late and she had already passed away.

“We asked deputy coroner Joe Harlin, who consulted with Logan County Coroner Mary Givens, if we could move the body from the home. They told us yes,” said Allen, adding they got a backboard and removed her from the home.

Fire Marshal Allen Gregory, along with the Logan County Sheriff Department, and the Logan County Ambulance Service and Logan County Coroner Mary Givens, who pronounced Gill deceased, were also on scene.

By Chris Cooper

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