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Woman killed in Lexington house fire identified

The Fayette County coroner has identified the woman killed in a house fire Thursday night.

The victim has been identified as 54-year-old Kimberly Poncer. The coroner says she died of smoke inhalation.

Poncer's home on Copper Run Boulevard in Lexington caught fire just after 11 Thursday night. The two men who tried to help both ended up in the hospital.

Neighbors say they heard the man who lives at the home screaming for help.

He told them his wife was inside the burning home.

A neighbor's husband went into the home to see if he could find her.

"The smoke was black and no light or sounds," Melissa Ochsenbein, whose husband tried to help," said. "He knew he had to get out."

Firefighters attacked the flames and found Poncer, but they say she had already died.

"We found the victim on the ground floor," Lexington Fire Dept. Batt. Chief Brent Frizzell said.

The man who tried to help was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries. One injured his ankle, the other was treated at the hospital for burns.

Neighbors say a dog also died in the fire.

Neighbors say Poncer had been in poor health for some time, and was confined to a wheelchair.

Firefighters say they still don't know the cause of the fire.


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