LONDON TWP. (WWJ/AP) – Officials say a 76-year-old woman who was burning several small brush piles in Monroe County has died after winds prompted the fires to grow out of control.
According to police, the body of Anna Eliva Pinto, of Milan, was found near the edge of a wooded area in London Township that was burning.
The woman had apparently been working in the area, burning small piles of brush. Investigators say she was unable to escape the fire and was overcome by smoke and flames.
The Milan Area Fire Department was called to the area Wednesday afternoon following a report of a field fire and found the wooded area engulfed in flames. Other departments responded, and a sheriff’s department helicopter was used to search the area.
An investigation is ongoing.
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