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UPDATE:Lightning to blame for fatal fire in Black River Falls

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BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WXOW) - The Black River Falls Fire Department said a house fire that claimed the life of an elderly woman, was started by lightning.

The fire was reported shortly after 9:00 am. Sunday at 714 Fillmore Street in Black River Falls.  Fire fighters said heavy black smoke and fire were visible when they arrived. 

Officials said Margie Johnson, 84, was found inside the home.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.  An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of death.

Following an investigation, the Black River Falls Fire Department said evidence showed the fire was started by lighting.  Three other homes in the same block also reported lightning damage to electric items in their homes.

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BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WXOW) - One person is dead in a Sunday morning house fire in Black River Falls.

Firefighters were called shortly after 9:00 a.m. to 714 Fillmore Street when smoke was reported coming from the home. Heavy black smoke and fire were visible when they arrived.

Firefighters learned that one person was still inside the home.  They quickly found and removed the person. Efforts by Black River Emergency Medical Service were unsuccessful.  The victim was declared dead at the scene.

The person's name is not being released until family are notified.

An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of death.

The Black River Falls Fire Department, State Fire Marshall's Office and Black River Falls Police are investigating both the fire and the death.

According to Black River Falls Fire Chief Steve Schreiber, there was heavy fire damage on the first floor of the home with heat and smoke damage on the second. The home, owned by Norman and Margie Johnson, is insured.  Chief Schreiber did not have a damage estimate available.

The American Red Cross assisted the family at the scene.

The photos with this story were provided by Chief Schreiber.




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