Fire claims a life in Shelby County

CHELSEA, AL (WBRC) - An elderly woman died Friday morning in a house fire in the Chelsea / Westover area.

Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry, in a statement Friday afternoon to FOX6 News, said Joyce Fletcher, 75, died in a fire that occurred inside her home Friday morning on Dorough Road.

Sheriff Curry said just before 9:30 a.m., the homeowner's daughter called 911 when she arrived to find the home on fire. Emergency crews responded to find the home on fire and tried to rescue Fletcher, but she died at the scene.

"All indications are this is an accidental fire and a terrible tragedy," said Sheriff Curry. "Our prayers are for the family of Mrs. Fletcher."

The exact cause of the fire was not yet known and was under investigation by the state Fire Marshall.

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