Woman found dead after weekend house fire in Metropolis


Web Editor - Ryan Burkett
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METROPOLIS, Ill. – Investigators have identified the Illinois woman killed after her home caught fire Sunday.

Metropolis Fire Chief Jason Morris identified the victim as 80-year-old Betty J. Bowman.

Just before 3:15 a.m. Sunday, dispatchers sent firefighters to a Bowman’s home on East 5th Street.

When they arrived, firefighters attacked the flames and managed to get them under control.  They contained the blaze to the home’s bedroom and bathroom.

When they got inside, firefighters found Bowman.  The Massac County Coroner pronounced her dead on the scene.

A fire investigation is underway by both the Illinois State Fire Marshall’s Office and the Metropolis Police Department.

At this point, investigators believe a cigarette in bed caused the fire and is therefore accidental.

Investigators expect official results in two to three weeks.


Earlier story:

METROPOLIS, Ill. - One woman is dead after a fire broke out inside a Metropolis, Illinois, home early Sunday morning.

Metropolis Fire Chief Jason Morris says the fire occurred in the 700 block of East 5th Street around 3:15 a.m. Sunday.

The home sustained moderate damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The victim's identity has not yet been released.