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Woman dies in overnight fire in Logan County, WV

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Tuesday afternoon freezing temperatures were interfering with a fire investigation in Logan County, WV.

An elderly woman died as a result of the fire late Monday night.

The woman's family and neighbors are now waiting for answers.

A porch swing, soft lace curtains and a bird feeder are all reminders of the peaceful life Claire Dingess lived in her mobile home on Striker Fork near Chapmanville, WV.

"This could happen to anybody. Especially in trailers and her being elderly," said Cathy Conley, one of many people who drove by Tuesday.

Some were just learning that Dingess died in the fire.

Dingess had family nearby and friends who checked on her often visiting and sometimes cooking meals, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Shawn Alderman.

He said the fire was contained mostly to one room that appeared to be a laundry area. Only smoke, not flames, spread through the rest of the house.

Because of the freezing cold, determining the cause of the deadly fire was a slow process for Alderman. Water used to put the fire out left everything covered in a layer of ice.

"It makes it very difficult to remove debris and make an accurate assessment and reading fire patterns and so forth so it is substantially difficult," Alderman said.

He hadn't determined the cause of the fire as of Tuesday evening.

West Virginia State Police were in the area talking to neighbors.

Dingess' two dogs were also killed in the fire.

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UPDATE

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office has released the identity of an elderly woman killed in a fire on Jan. 6. 

Claire Dingess, 90, died as a result of a fire on Striker Fork Road in Chapmanville, WV.

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ORIGINAL

A woman died in a fire reported in Chapmanville, WV at about 11:15 p.m. on Jan. 6.

The fire happened on Striker Fork Road.  The woman was 90-years-old.

The cause of the fire has not been released.