Whitesburg KY

Woman dies of smoke inhalation

A Sergent woman died of smoke inhalation after her home caught fire earlier this morning.

Bettie Jo Fields, 66, of 92 Down Hill Drive, was pronounced dead at 7:48 a.m. by Letcher County Coroner Marty Baker.

Her body was found after a neighbor leaving for work saw the fire and called 9-1-1 around 7 a.m., Baker said. Fields, who lived alone, had been sleeping in the bedroom of her home located near the Thornton Cemetery. The bedroom did not burn.

Baker said blood tests will be conducted to confirm the cause of death.

The state fire marshal’s office and a Kentucky State Police arson investigator were still at scene after 10:30 a.m. trying to determine the cause of the fire.

Letcher Funeral Home will have charge of funeral arrangements for Fields.

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