Wayne County Fire Kills One and Injures Another

Investigators tell 27NEWSFIRST a deadly house fire sparked around 5:00 Monday morning on Thompson Road, near Monticello in Wayne County.

Police say a neighbor who saw flames coming from the home called 911. The neighbor then quickly woke up two sisters who live in the home and helped them escape.

Police say that's when things turned deadly. 46-year-old Irene Thompson, who had down syndrome, ran back inside the burning home to get some belongings. Thompson's sister, 58-year-old Helen Dowdy ran back inside after her, but Thompson died in the fire.

We're told Dowdy made it out of the fire, but suffered burns.

Police say they believe an overloaded electric circuit caused the fire.


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  • by Trish Hicks Location: Monticello on Feb 13, 2008 at 07:28 PM
    I am so sorry to hear about this loss, it is a very sad thing. I know it must be very hard on the family. May God Bless each one of you. I know some of the family of this lady and know it is hurting them so bad. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
  • by Jennifer Location: monticello on Feb 11, 2008 at 07:35 PM
    I feel so awful for Irene family, I can't even begin to imagin what they are going through. I knew Irene and she was a wonderful person, always full of happieness. She was truly a wonderful person that everyone is going to miss.
  • by laura on Feb 11, 2008 at 06:15 PM
    your in our prayers
  • by Patricia Location: Lexington on Feb 11, 2008 at 02:47 PM
    Heartbreaking. My sympathies to the family.

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