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Fan ‘likely source of ignition’ in deadly Independence house fire, fire marshal’s office says

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Emergency officials are working to determine the cause of a fire Monday that killed a woman off of E. South Ave and E. 23rd Street in Independence.
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Emergency officials are working to determine the cause of a fire Monday that killed a woman off of E. South Ave and E. 23rd Street in Independence.

Investigators believe a fire that resulted in a woman’s death earlier this week likely ignited from a fan found in the living room of the Independence home, according to the state fire marshal’s office.

The house fire was reported about 1:35 p.m. Monday at 15706 East South Avenue.

Heavy smoke was seen coming from the house when the fire department arrived. Firefighters forced their way through the front door and found a small fire in the living room. They also found a woman located in the hallway.

The woman was taken to the back yard where emergency personnel tried to resuscitate her. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her identity has not been released. Police said she was an elderly woman who lived in the home with her husband and daughter.

According to a statement from the state fire marshal’s office, the fire was listed as accidental, and an investigator was not able to rule out an electrical cause.

“The fire was mainly focused in the living room between a couch and chair, where a fan was located and is considered to be the likely source of ignition due to observations made at the scene,” the statement said.

One smoke alarm was found in the hallway with heavy damage. The woman’s husband reported it had been working, the fire marshal’s office said.

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