'It was beyond help': Fire claims life of Fairview Township woman

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch

A 92-year-old woman was found dead inside her house after a devastating fire.

Emergency officials responded to the blaze just before 2 a.m. Monday in the 300 block of Thorley Road in Fairview Township. According to Fairview Township Fire Chief Eric Hawkins, more than 15 trucks from nine departments came to assist.

By the time the fire crews arrived, Hawkins said, it was too late to help the resident, a 92-year-old woman who was discovered dead inside. Her name had not been released by 4 p.m. Monday.

"It was beyond help," Hawkins said. "We tried to get to her, but it was too hot."

Emergency officials were dispatched 2 a.m. Monday to 369 Thorley Road for a residential structure fire. Photo credit: Fairview Township Fire Department

The blaze was extinguished in about 45 minutes, Hawkins said, though fire officials and state police stayed for hours after to investigate the blaze. A cause has not been identified, he said.

In his report, Hawkins estimated damages totaling $175,000 for the house and belongings.

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The victim lived alone, Hawkins added.

The 92-year-old woman's name will be released later Monday, the York County Coroner said.