ST. PAUL, Minn. - Fire officials say one woman is dead after an early morning house fire in St. Paul Thursday.
Authorities received a call about the fire shortly before 3 a.m. at a house located on 900 block of Carroll Avenue West.
Flames were already shooting out of a first floor bedroom when firefighters arrived on the scene. Crews were able to enter the home through the front door and found the woman dead in a bedroom.
Damage was contained to the one bedroom, and firefighters were able to keep the fire from jumping to neighboring homes, quite a feat as the houses in that neighborhood are quite close together.
Officials have not released the name of the woman, but her stepson tells KARE 11 her name is Lorine Johnson. Records show that Johnson is the owner of the property in question.
St. Paul fire officials say the smoke detectors on the second floor of the home were in working condition, but it's not known if they went off during the fire. The smoke detector in the downstairs bedroom melted from the hot-burning flames.
This is the fifth fire-related death in St. Paul this year. The previous four were all triggered by careless smoking, but Johnson's stepson insists she was not a smoker. Investigators are still on scene trying to determine a cause.
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