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Woman dies after house fire in Kokomo

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Posted at 4:05 PM, Dec 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-24 10:32:02-05

KOKOMO — A Kokomo homeowner died after a house fire Tuesday night on the south side of Kokomo, according to the fire department.

Firefighters were called to the fire around 9 p.m. in the 4100 block of 50 East, according to a press release from KFD.

Firefighters recovered the body of one person inside the house, according to the release. The Howard County Coroner's Office says Judith Lynne Gaskin-Payne. 60, died. Her preliminary cause of death was due to thermal and inhalation injuries as a result of the fire.

Firefighters worked through the night to extinguish the heavy fire conditions, which caused the roof of the house to collapse, according to the release.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time and is still under investigation by the Kokomo Fire Department and Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact the Kokomo Fire Department at 765-457-2636 or the Howard County Coroner’s Office at 765-456-1186.