MECCA - A 75-year-old woman died when flames ripped through her township home early Monday afternoon.
Firefighters said the blaze was fully involved when they arrived at the home at 7199 Phillips Rice Road just before 1 p.m.
Cortland Fire Capt. A.C. McMillion said neighbors and deputies first on the scene tried to rescue the woman, whose identity was not released by fire officials, and were held back by heat and flames. He said the woman was handicapped and had a hard time getting around.
Neighbors identified the victim as Marjorie Fitch. The Trumbull County Auditor's website lists property at 7197 Phillips Rice Road as belonging to Marjorie J. Fitch, and a picture of the home that burnt is included with that property listing.
"It's was a difficult scene. They tried, but they just weren't able to get to her," McMillion said.
Firefighters said flames could be seen shooting from the windows when they arrived.
Firefighters douse hot spots on the Mecca Township home where an elderly woman died on Monday.
McMillion said when he got there a short time later, the small, one-floor structure was clouded over by heavy black smoke.
McMillion said the cause of the blaze, which destroyed the home, is under investigation. He said the woman used a woodburner for heat, but he did not want to speculate as to whether that had anything to do with the fire.
Initial reports indicated there were three occupants. However, no one else was inside the home, McMillion said. No other injuries were reported.
The state fire marshal and the Trumbull County Coroner's Office were called in to investigate.
A neighbor, who did not want his name published, said he came outside and saw the flames.
"It's all so surreal. We just called her Grandma. She was a good woman. She was feisty. It's all pretty hard to believe," he said. "It's a very sad day."