RIPLEY – Fire investigators say a blaze that trapped a woman on the second floor of her Ripley home this week started on accident.
The Ripley Fire Chief says flames broke out at the Shaver Street residence around 2:15 in the afternoon on Monday.
Before fire trucks arrived on scene, the chief says one of his volunteers and neighbors used a ladder to rescue the home’s lone occupant.
The woman was taken via ambulance to Westfield Hospital for smoke inhalation.
Her two dogs, which were on the back porch of the house at the time, were also saved.
Following an investigation into the fire’s cause, investigators determined the blaze started when discarded ashes from a wood stove sparked combustible materials nearby.
The home suffered severe damage and is likely a total loss. The family was assisted by the Red Cross.