ARONEY, Ala. - A 84-year-old woman died in a house fire in the Aroney community Tuesday morning.
The DeKalb County coroner identified her as Lucille Bolding.
Family around the home on County Road 386 in the Aroney community alerted police to the fire around 9 a.m. and five different agencies responded to the call. "We were advised of the possibility of an elderly female in the house," said Chief Tony Bearden of Aroney Volunteer Fire Department. "Upon arrival, family members and neighbors said she was in the house, so we sent people in,"
Authorities say the fire was on the side of the house, near the front door and unfortunately the woman was in the back of the house in the bathroom.
Sadly, when the fire department arrived, it was too late. "They got her out. She was not burned, but she had suffered smoke inhalation," said Chief Bearden.
The Bolding was pronounced dead after getting her out of the burning home. Fire crews spent another three hours to get the fire under control.
As of right now, officials are not sure how the fire started. "It's under investigation. The DeKalb County Arson Task Force investigates fires and the Alabama fire marshals are investigating."
Bolding lived on a lot surrounded by her family.