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Victim of basement fire identified; search for cause continues

POSTED: March 29, 2013 1:14 p.m.

A woman killed in a fire Thursday evening off Browns Bridge Road was identified today as Denise Salazar, 48, Deputy Coroner Rob Rogers said.

Hall County Fire Marshal Capt. Scott Cagle said the woman was found in a basement apartment of a home in the 1600 block of Lyman Drive.

The call came in about 5:38 p.m. and Gainesville firefighters responded first, entering the home, knocking down the fire and finding the victim inside, Cagle said. Firefighters pulled her from the home and she was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where she later died.

The house, a 3,000-square-foot structure, counting the basement, is in the county, but Gainesville provides automatic aid, Cagle said.

Four male residents were displaced and the Red Cross is assisting them. The amount of damage hasn’t been determined, but the 1950s home was valued at $43,600, according to county records.

Fire investigators are still working to determine the cause. Cagle said it appeared the blaze started in the basement.

An autopsy will be performed today to determine the woman’s cause of death, but Rogers said the cause is still under investigation.

The county has not had a fatal fire since 2010, Cagle said.


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