Troopers identify 80-year-old killed in Marion fire

February 19, 2019 07:03 PM

MARION, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Neighbors tell News10NBC the woman who died in Monday's deadly fire in Marion, Wayne County was bedridden.

State police have identified the victim as Beatrice Murray. She was 80 years old. 


Neighbors and family members described the mother of six as a loving and kind woman.

Investigators spent the day trying to determine what started the fire in her home on Cory Corners Road.

Fire investigators with the New York State Police and local fire investigators worked all day Tuesday sifting through rubble. 

"We're not ruling out anything at this point," said Trooper Mark O'Donnell, New York State Police. "Our investigators have been canvassing and interviewing dozens of people and we've been working around the clock in the fire trying to figure out what the cause was and if there's anything we need to find out."

State fire investigators used a drone to take pictures from above. They also had canines on hand.

It's an all-out effort to find the cause.

Family members tell us she had lived in the house that dates back to the 1800s for more than 50 years. 

"We were not able to launch an interior attack," said Walworth Fire Chief John O'Toole on Monday. "There was too heavy a volume of fire."

Such extensive damage can make it tough for investigators to find the cause. 

"Our investigators are very skilled at what they do," O'Donnell said. "I have complete faith they will find out the cause of the fire and if there's any other circumstances we need to be aware of, they'll find it."

O'Donnell added that it could be days before investigators find out the cause of the fire.

Officials say if you have any information about the fire, call 911. 


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