Woman dies in fire in Urbana

URBANA — Fire department officials said that an 88-year-old woman died in a house fire Monday night in Urbana.

Urbana Interim Fire Chief Brian Nightlinger said that firefighters were called to a two-story house with a basement in the 400 block of West Springfield Avenue at 7:26 p.m. Monday.

When firefighters arrived, they saw flames venting through the front window under the porch.

Nightlinger said that firefighters searching through the house found a woman on the first floor of the home and carried her out of the house at 7:39 p.m. She was then taken to an area hospital.

Emergency personnel tried to revive the woman, who has not been identified, but Nightlinger said she died.

No other people were found in the house, he said.

Firefighters struck the fire at 7:44 p.m., Nightlinger said.

No firefighters were injured.

Personnel from the Champaign County coroner’s office remained at the scene on Monday night.

Nightlinger said fire department investigators were still trying to determine the cause of the fire.

He said the fire appeared to have started somewhere near the front porch area in the living room.

“They are doing what they call a dig out,” Nightlinger said. “They take items out layer after layer to get down to the bottom of what was there. In the process, they eliminate possible causes to figure out exactly what the cause is.”

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