Family identifies elderly woman killed in house fire
ATLANTA (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Family members have identified an elderly woman who was killed in a house fire in northwest Atlanta Friday morning.
The victim has been identified as 95-year-old Sallie Skrine.
Atlanta Fire and Rescue responded to the home on Collier Drive Northwest just before 1 a.m Friday and found heavy flames. The one-story wood frame house had burglar bars installed and firefighters had to break down the door to gain entry.
Once inside, they found Skrine who officials believe may have been trying to get out of the burning building. She was found in the dining room.
Officials told FOX 5 News one of the burners of the stove was on when they arrived to battle the blaze, and think that's where the fire started.
The victim was well-known and very loved in her community, residents said. Friends told FOX 5 News she operated her own food kitchen for people in need. The pantry was located in her basement.