Fatal house fire considered suspicious

5:37 PM, Mar 15, 2011   |    comments
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Authorities said a  fatal house fire in Campbell County is considered suspicious.

Joyce Powers, 44, was found dead inside the home on Adam Hollow Lane in Pioneer early Tuesday morning.

Two neighbors tried to rescue Powers, but the flames were too intense.

"Both neighbors tried to come down into the residence but the fire was so fully involved that they couldn't make entry to help remove this lady," said Sheriff Robbie Goins.

Neighbor Chester Wilson watched the attempted rescue.

"He (the neighbor) said when he busted in the flames just shot up and they couldn't do nothing else then," Wilson said.
 
Goins said Powers was at home with her 23 year old son when the fire broke out.  Powers' husband was out of town.  The son made it out safely.

While Sheriff Goins said the fire was suspicious, he said they are not investigating Powers' death as a homicide at this point.

"We're working hard on this case.  We've got a lot of investigators, right now as we speak, working on it," he said.  "It's tragic.  We hate any time we have loss of life, espeically in a fire."

"It's just a bad, bad deal," Wilson said.

An autopsy was being performed Tuesday to determine how Powers died.  The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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Authorities in Campbell County are investigating an early Tuesday morning fire that killed a Pioneer woman.

According to Chief Jonathan Finley of the Campbell County Sheriff's Department, firefighters were called to Adam Hollow Lane around 1:45 am.

When they arrived, the home was fully engulfed in flames.  Joyce Powers, 44, was found dead inside the home.  Several other people escaped the fire without injury.

An autopsy is being performed Tuesday to determine how Powers died.  The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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