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RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - The Madison County coroner has released the identity of a woman who was killed when her home caught on fire Monday afternoon in Richmond.

It happened on East Walnut Street. Officials say 62-year-old Charlotte Camper, who was on oxygen and in a wheelchair, was home at the time the fire broke out. Her husband who neighbors have identified as Randy, was at work.

The Madison County coroner says they were able to identify the victim by a serial number on a medical implant.

Officials with the Richmond Fire department say the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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It's been a difficult day for family and friends of a woman found dead inside her burning home. The fire happened Monday afternoon on East Walnut Street in Richmond.

As word about the tragedy spread, people began showing up at the scene to remember the woman found inside.

It's a small, secluded street in Richmond with older homes. Lots of memories have been made by the people living there, but several of those were lost Monday.

"This is the first time this has happened on this street," said Butch Johnson, who lives on East Walnut Street.

The homeowner was seen running towards his home trying to save it and his wife.

"I can think of no worse way to die, then burning up," said Betty Jurgensen, who is a friend of the victim.

Within seconds neighbors say an explosion sent the home up in flames.

"It just caboom!" said Johnson. "She was on oxygen. I knew that, so probably that's what exploded."

People who knew her say she was in bad health, bound to a wheelchair, and didn't have a chance getting out alive with her husband at work when the fire broke out. Neighbors tell us a man named Randy lived in the now destroyed home with his wife who everyone know by the nickname Squeaky. We are told they were a quiet couple together, but everyone in the neighborhood knows who they are.

"He came up here a while ago and hugged me and he said, 'This happens,' and I said, 'I'm sorry, man,'" said Johnson.

"She was just a friendly little lady that kind of stayed at home by herself," said Jurgensen.

With what's left of the home, the neighborhood is a bit quieter and left at a crossroads.

"I just feel very sad that such a thing has happened," said Jurgensen.

The cause of the fire is still not known. The woman's body has been sent to Frankfort for an autopsy and positive identity. Fire officials and police spent the afternoon on scene, investigating and canvassing the neighborhood for witnesses. It's a death investigation, and officials are not releasing names right now.


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