Elderly Woman Dies In Fire

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fatal fire clutter Elderly Woman Dies In Fire

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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)

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