Woman killed in overnight house fire in Greeley

GREELEY, Colo. — One person died in a house fire early Saturday morning in Greeley.

According to the Greeley Fire Department, it received a call about 2:15 a.m. with reports of a home on fire in the 2000 block of 5th Avenue that possibly had a person inside yelling for help.

Five units arrived on scene at 2:19 a.m. and began to extinguish the fire, which was largely located in the basement of the home.

“A witness advised that they believed the person in the residence was an adult female, and also believed that house had been abandoned and boarded up.  When Fire Department personnel entered the house they located a female adult in the basement of the residence that was unresponsive,” GFD said in a statement.

The woman was taken to North Colorado Medical Center in critical condition. She died a short time later.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown. An investigation is ongoing. However, GFD sent an email to FOX31 and Channel 2 stating the fire was accidental.

On March 19, the Weld County Coroner identified the woman killed as 52-year-old Dottie Jean Kauffman, of Denver. The manner and cause of death will be determined once autopsy and lab reports are complete.

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