Casey County woman dies from fire injuries

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CASEY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A Casey County woman who suffered serious burns in a house fire has died.

State police say 49-year-old Debbie Cooper passed away Monday morning at the UK Medical Center.

The fire broke out at Cooper's home in the Liberty community of Casey County around 8:00 Saturday night.

Police say they aren't sure what caused the fire or why Cooper couldn't get out once the fire started.

The fire originated in the storage room of Cooper's home on Napier Drive on Saturday night. That's when we're told that neighbors called 911 and tried to help the woman who was inside but they were unsuccessful.

"My sister calls and says your aunt's house is caught up in flames," said Cassie Tetreault, the fire victim's niece.

"They were able to put the fire out and then discovered that there was a female in the residence, 49-year-old Debbie Cooper. She lived by herself and was alone at the time of the fire," said Trooper William Gregory with Kentucky State Police.

Crews finally found Debbie Cooper about 10 feet away from the front door near the bedroom where she was unconscious and had suffered burns to more than 50% of her body.

"She is a wonderful person. She is a loving, caring and very joyful person," said Tetreault.

Kentucky State Police arson investigators are continuing to look into this case.

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined but foul play is not suspected.

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