A woman has died after a fire broke out at her Sedalia residence early Sunday morning.
According to a Sedalia Police Department report, at 3:22 a.m. SPD officers and the Sedalia Fire Department responded to a reported fire at 1008 S. Massachusetts Ave. Upon arrival, officers observed smoke coming from inside the residence, which housed several apartments.
Officers then began attempting to make contact with subjects living in the residence to evacuate. A male subject, who was “incapacitated,” was located in a rear apartment and carried out of the residence. The subject stated a female subject was still trapped inside the home.
Officers attempted to locate the female, but were unsuccessful due to heavy smoke and flames, the report states.
Dorothy A. Weller, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene by Pettis County Coroner Skip Smith shortly after the fire was extinguished.
Smith said at this time the cause of death is pending, and an autopsy will take place Monday morning in Columbia.
“They had paramedic crews on scene, and when a firefighter removed (Weller) from the residence she was already deceased,” Smith said. “… We may have a preliminary result if she was deceased at the time of the fire (after Monday’s autopsy), but we won’t know the cause until we get toxicology back, which will take eight to 10 weeks.”
Smith also said there was damage to one of the rooms in the residence, but the house was not destroyed. He said he did not know of any other injuries during the incident.
SFD officials said the cause of the fire is still undetermined.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1482 or @NicoleRCooke.