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Georges Township woman killed in fire

| Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012

A stove fire on Tuesday evening apparently led to the death of an elderly Fayette County woman, according to state police.

Arlene Delores Ellsworth, 78, was cooking and may have tried to carry a pot away from the stove in her home near Haydentown, Trooper Thomas Broadwater said. The 5:46 p.m. fire at Ellsworth's 294 Barton Hollow Road home in Georges was accidental, he said.

The cause and manner of death are pending investigation, according to the Fayette County Coroner's office.

Haydentown fire department officials could not be reached for comment.

According to Ellsworth's neighbors, the woman retreated to her back porch during the fire. A passer-by attempted to rescue Ellsworth, but neighbors said she wouldn't jump 10 feet to the ground. That's when neighbors said the porch roof collapsed onto her.

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