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Family: Man hospitalized after trying to rescue mother who died in Boone County house fire

Elderly woman dies in Verona fire
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Posted at 9:45 AM, Jan 25, 2022

VERONA, Ky. — Boone County investigators are working to find a cause for a deadly house fire in Verona Tuesday.

Verona Fire Chief David Jones said crews responded to a house fire in the 15000 block of Glencoe Verona Road at around 5:55 a.m. An elderly woman was trapped inside the house.

The woman's family said her son, who lives next door, tried to save her but could not. When firefighters arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames. Crews found the elderly woman dead.

Family members said the woman's son was injured while attempting to rescue his mom. He was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for burns and smoke inhalation.

Jones said the woman's death impacts a close-knit community.

"It's a rural community, so unfortunately everyone pretty much knows everyone and has for an extended period of time," Jones said. "The gentleman states that they've lived here for 49 years, so they are well known in the community, and it's a very sad day for the community and this family."

The medical examiner has not released the woman's identity as they will be doing an autopsy.

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