fatal fire clutter Elderly Woman Dies In Fire

(WWJ Photo/Vickie Thomas)

A 95-year-old woman was killed, Thursday,  in a fire that roared through her west side Detroit home.  Viola Dickson’s body was found amid decades of clutter in the home, that blocked windows, preventing firefighters from getting inside the house.WWJ Newsradio 950 spoke with Gary Bell, Dickson’s great-grandson.

“She used to go to that church right there, St. Leo… right around the corner. And, we all got with her on Mother’s Day — called her and came over to see her. Everybody loved her,” Bell said.

Fire officials told the Detroit News that piles of items blocked windows, preventing crews from getting inside the house after the blaze was reported about 4:30 a.m.

Dickson’s relatives said she lived in the home at least 50 years and refused to discard things.

Officials said the clutter stretched to the ceiling in some parts of the house.

(Copyright 2010 WWJ.  All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report)

  1. michael allen waters says:

    I would like to thank all the people for their prayers and kind words in my families time of need. My Great-Grandmother will be truly missed not just by her family but the multitude of other people who lives she touched. I thank God for the forty-one years that he let her be in my life. That is amazing most people do not even get to meet their grandparents yet he gave her to me forty-one years. I can not complain because all things happen for a reason. I will look to the hills which cometh my help and my help cometh from the Lord!!!!!!

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