House Fire Claims Life of Elderly Woman Who Lived Alone

The woman used a wheelchair, and was home alone.

Lynchburg, SC (WLTX) - An 84-year-old woman is dead from injuries sustained in a house fire early Friday morning.

Lee County Fire Chief Mike Bedenbaugh says crews were dispatched to a home on Tolson Road in Lynchburg just after midnight. When they arrived, the home was fully involved in flames.

Lee County Coroner identified the victim as Bertha Edwards.

Bedenbaugh says the woman used a wheelchair. She lived alone. 

Edwards' cousin says they checked on her Thursday, saying the family routinely checks on her. They say they asked her to go stay with them overnight, but say she was still very independent and didn't want to. 

Fire officials found space heaters inside her home, but have not determined if that's what started the fire. 

The investigation into the death continues. 

 

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