UPDATE: Cause of Fatal Fire in Glasgow Released

By: Kristin Martin
By: Kristin Martin

GLASGOW, Ky. (WBKO) We now know what caused a fatal fire at a Glasgow apartment back in March.

Police say the fire happened at the Huntsman Manor Apartments on Jefferson Street on the morning of March 22, 2014.

70-year-old Florence Watson's body was found inside the apartment.

The State Fire Marshall's office says the fire was accidentally started because a lit cigarette was too close to oxygen that was being used.

The coroner says Watson died from multiple thermal injuries because of the fire.

Officials have released the name of the woman firefighters found dead in her burning apartment Saturday morning.

She's 70-year-old Florence Watson.

One of her neighbors, who was around as everything was happening, said it was one of the worst things she's witnessed.

"I went up and opened the storm door. It was so black in there you couldn't see anything. I couldn't even see her furniture. I kept looking and I happened to look down and I saw her feet laying there," said neighbor Wanda Wooten.

A little before nine Saturday morning, firefighters responded to reports of smoke at a Huntsman Manor Apartment on Jefferson Street in Glasgow.

"I said, 'Should I try to go in?' A lady standing there beside me said, 'You can't go in. You get in there and we can't get you out.'"

Soon after that, firefighters arrived.

"Our guys opened the door and did a quick look under the smoke, could see there was a victim in the living room, made a quick what they hoped would be a rescue from that living room," said Chief Tony Atwood of the Glasgow Fire Department.

"I watched them as they brought her out and I knew she was gone. They brought her out and laid her on the porch here and covered her up," Wooten said.

She said her neighbor was in a wheelchair, mostly kept to herself and always locked her doors.

"But this time the door was open, and I can't understand why it was, unless somehow she had got up and tried to get out," Wooten explained.

From the outside, you can hardly see the signs of the tragedy that happened inside.

"As you look at the building, you can see yourself there's not a whole lot of damage. There wasn't a tremendous amount of fire, but the result was a fatality," Atwood said.

Officials are still investigating what caused Watson's death and whether she died during the fire.

An autopsy was performed Saturday evening.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

It could be at least a week before anymore information is released.

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