A Waycross woman died in a fire that heavily damaged a house on Butler Street Tuesday night, said Waycross Fire Chief David Eddins.
Melissa Rose, 32, was found on the second floor of the house at 301 Butler St., said Eddins, by Waycross Fire Department personnel who responded to the alarm and arrived to find heavy flames.
“She was not responsive and was not breathing at that time,” said Eddins. “She was turned over to the Ware County Emergency Medical Service technicians on the scene for patient care.”
Firefighters were summoned to the two-story dwelling at 8:47 p.m. and worked to put the fire out, Eddins said.
No one else was injured.
Damage to the house was estimated at $47,000, Eddins said. He said fire damage was heaviest on the first floor.
The chief said the fire’s cause has yet to be determined.
“Right now it is still under investigation and we do not know the actual cause of the fire,” said Eddins. “The State Fire Marshal’s office was called and they said they do not suspect anything (of a suspicious nature).”
Battalion Chief Jim Blackburn was in charge of the fire units at the scene. The last unit cleared the area at 12:31 this morning.