1 dead, 3 hurt in house fire in Wayne County

May 08, 2018 09:45 AM

An 84-year-old woman has died after flames broke out at a home in Wayne County.

Fire crews responded to the fire at a small ranch-style house on East Palmyra Port Gibson Road in East Palmyra just before 3 a.m.

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Dorothy Bouwens and three other family members were at the house when the fire started. The victim's son-in-law Gerald Sullivan, 62, said his grandson Isaiah Sullivan Bense is in a coma being treated for smoke inhalation.

Gerald Sullivan's wife, 50-year-old Ginger Sullivan, was also taken to the hospital after she was burned trying to go back in to save her mother. 

Gerald said their pit bull saved them as they tried to get out.

"She's a great, great dog," Gerald said. "We rescued her and now she's rescued us. She heard the smoke alarm going off in our house and started barking and wouldn't stop barking even though I was in bed and I was trying to tell her to shut up. It was like three o'clock in the morning and she did a great job."

Investigators are still working to determine a cause of the blaze but the home is a total loss.

Stay with News10NBC on-air and online for more on this developing story.


Zach Sanfilippo

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