Woman found dead in Athens house fire

ATHENS, Ala. -- Authorities in Athens along with the Alabama State Fire Marshall's Office are investigating a house fire where a body was found.

Firefighters responded to the house on the 1300 block of Pruit Street, at the corner of Pruit and Plainview Circle Monday around 4:40 a.m. and found the house fully engulfed in flames from one side to the other.

Athens Fire & Rescue Chief Bryan Thornton says at this early stage, it's unclear where in the house the fire began.

Ada Yarbrough

Athens Police blocked off the intersection that was otherwise lined by cars of family and friends of the deceased. The deceased woman was identified by her family as Ada Mae Yarbrough, 78. Her body was taken to the Limestone County Coroner.

Relatives tell WHNT News 19 Yarbrough is survived by her husband of fifty years. Her younger sister says Yarbrough had no children but helped raise many of her family members and was well known as a maternal figure for many people in the community.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.